Actor Kelsey Grammer, known for his role in the popular sitcom “Fraiser,” is headed to the pulpit for his new role in “Jesus Revolution,” an upcoming film inspired by the true story of the national spiritual awakening that swept Southern California in the early 1970s.
Along with Grammer, a five-time Emmy winner, the film stars “The Chosen’s” Jonathan Roumie, Joel Courtney (“Super 8”), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim”), Anna Grace Barlow and Nicholas Cirillo. Others listed in the cast include Ally Ioannides, Julia Campbell, Nic Bishop and Jolie Jenkins.
“In the 1970s, young Greg Laurie (Joel Courtney) sets out to redefine truth through all means of liberation, and instead, meets Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie), a charismatic hippie street preacher,” Reads the film synopsis. “Laurie and Frisbee, along with Pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), open the doors of Smith’s languishing church to an unexpected revival by way of rock and roll, newfound love, and a twist of faith leading to a Jesus Revolution that changed the world.”
In a statement to The Christian Post, Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship based in Riverside who has held evangelistic crusade events at stadiums across the country for over 30 years, expressed his excitement over the film.
“This film is not primarily about Chuck Smith, Lonnie Frisbee, Cathe Laurie, or me. It’s about how Jesus moved and sent a spiritual awakening in our lives that is still being felt today,” Laurie said.
Grammer will portray Pastor Smith of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, Laurie’s mentor. The minister famously opened his church to all seekers and was instrumental in launching one of the largest spiritual revivals in the United States.
“Jesus has been a profound influence in my life. I am proud to be a part of this film,” Grammar shared in a statement with CP.
Filming for “Jesus Revolution” begins in March 2022 in Mobile, Ala., and then Los Angeles in April.