Quick Casting Updates: Gerard Butler set to play Machine Gun Preacher

Talk about wish granted. I just emailed my friend Prairiegirl literally minutes before I found out about this, wondering what else Gerry Butler’s got lined up for him after The Bounty. I know he’s going to be shooting Coriolanus (well not shooting as with guns, though swords might be involved 🙂 ) with Ralph Fiennes in Belgrade in a couple of months, but there are no other confirmed projects for him according to IMDb. Well, what do you know, whilst browsing on Collider site, I spot a casting update that Butler is indeed set to play Reverend Sam Childers!

Childers was an ex-biker and drug dealer who found God (that’s where the “Preacher” part comes in), then founded an orphanage for 200 Sudanese children, and then formed a militia to protect them, recover kidnapped kids, and bring the pain to their captors (that’s where the “Machine Gun” part comes in).

I blogged about this back in mid December and was really hoping this would actually materialize. Looks like Marc Forster is on board as well, just as previously reported. This is the director who cajoled an Oscar-winning performance out of Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball, so who knows, could Butler be more than just an award presenter next year?

For now at least, my hope that Butler would ditch silly rom-coms is coming true. Having seen his work long before his bad-ass roles in 300 and Gamer, I have confidence in Butler’s acting ability and versatility. Just because he made some poor role choices doesn’t mean the guy can’t act. I think this and Coriolanus just might be enough to make up for The Ugly Truth The Bounty (it’ll take a few more solid roles from GB to erase TUT from my memory!!). I’m still hoping he’ll do another biopic though, that of Scot’s favorite son, the poet Robert Burns. After some intense and battle-filled roles, Burns would be a nice dramatic diversion that’s more romantic in nature.

Btw, Deadline Hollywood have some tidbits as to how the producers came to find out about Childers: After watching an NBC Dateline news story on Childers’ crusade, producer Robbie Brenner and Keller tracked him down to secure the rights to his memoir Another Man‘s War: The True Story of One Man‘s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan. Looks like Butler has met with the preacher according to this newspaper clipping to the right. Known for playing fearless characters, Butler finally gets the chance to play a real-life hero with a Higher purpose.

Production might start as early as later this year. Can’t wait!

11 thoughts on “Quick Casting Updates: Gerard Butler set to play Machine Gun Preacher

  1. PrairieGirl

    I’m as excited as you are about Gerry’s role, this one should be amazing for him, and what a great story, too – can’t wait!

    1. Yeah, most blogs that report this seem excited about this project, and for good reason! GB is perfect for this role and with a talented director & hopefully a great script, this has so much potential. As I mentioned in my previous post on this, Rev. Childers is apparently friends with Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James, who donated a bike for Childers’ cause (http://tinyurl.com/yfo389m). It’s be great if Bullock would be involved in this, too, I really like her in The Blindside.

  2. Mike B.

    He better work harder on losing that Scot’s accent for this one. I can see that causing serious disbelief in this role. Why can’t he get it down like Bale?!?!? or even Crowe?

    Besides that this looks like a good one …

    1. Yeah, accents definitely can affect an actor’s credibility in playing a role, but I know some actors who can get away with it even if their accents aren’t perfect. Hmmm, you just gives me a great idea for a post.

      Btw, I’m more concerned about the plot. I hope they don’t overindulge on his past but focus on how God enables him to do what he does now. With Hollywood, they usually sidestep the God part and focus on what’s ‘marketable’ y’know, the sex, violence, etc.

  3. I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth, I saw the Ugly Truth.


    1. Ummm… I take it you’re not too keen on The Ugly Truth, Castor? 🙂 I don’t blame ya… that’s really a low point for everyone involved.

  4. Samantha

    Ok, just have to share this with you. I have a good friend who loves movies and we always enjoy discussing our celebrity crushes, and I just had a crazy conversation with her in which she tells me that she has just seen a couple of Gerard Butler films and now totally understands what I’ve been babbling about for the last few years. LOL We have a convert!!

    1. Hey Sam!!! I miss you, how’ve you been? Ha..ha.. that’s cool. Just out of curiosity, what two movies did she see? I can take a wild guess… I doubt it’s Gamer 🙂 In any case, if she hasn’t seen it already, Dear Frankie will guarantee to make any girl go head over heels, he..he…

      Glad to hear from you!

      1. Samantha

        Surprisingly, it was The Ugly Truth (which I still have not seen) and PS I Love You. I immediately recommended Dear Frankie. She likes that type of movie anyway. 🙂

        I’m good! How’re you? Did you enjoy GB in a tux at the Globes? ‘Twas really all about RDJ, but still …

        1. Even as an ardent GB fan, I wouldn’t recommend The Ugly Truth. It’s just utterly banal, crude and predictable… well, just see Castor’s sentiment below, I think that’s about said it all 🙂 Now, Dear Frankie is in a whole different league. Oh, and The Jury, which really shows his dramatic chops!

          Yeah, GB looked good at the Globes (even with Jen all over him), I actually kind of ‘live-blogged’ the event, I had my laptop in front of me the whole time which is a first. Yep, RDJ rules, his speech was awesome!

          Say, how’s your AFI 100 film-watching project go?

          1. Samantha

            Just watched #57, The Third Man. Love Orson Welles. Looking forward to M*A*S*H! Really hoping to move a little more quickly this year, but we shall see. I’ve taken to tweeting “reviews” … I’m no good for a full paragraph, but I can say what I thought of a movie in 140 characters or less.

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