Academy Award-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Bishop Carlton Pearson in the upcoming Netflix film Come Sunday, about Pearson’s personal journey from leading a religious congregation to being labeled a heretic.
Based on a true story, the film tells the story of how the globally-renowned fundamentalist pastor risked everything when he questioned church doctrine and was labeled a modern-day heretic. Written by Marcus Hinchey and directed by Joshua Marston, Come Sunday also stars Martin Sheen as Oral Roberts, Danny Glover as Pearson’s uncle, Lakeith Stanfield, Jason Segel, and others.
The trailer gives viewers a glimpse into the life of Pearson, who, in the early 1990s, was pastor of Higher Dimensions, one of Tulsa’s largest and best-known charismatic churches. When he began to preach that there is no hell, that Christ’s death and resurrection purchased salvation for all mankind, and that because of that, all people would go to heaven, national leaders called him heretic. If before he was a frequent guest on national Christian television and host of the Azusa Street conference, after sharing his new beliefs to the huge crowds that were coming to listen to him, things took a dramatic turn for him.
The song used in the trailer is “Love & Hate” by London-based singer/songwriter musician Michael Kiwanuka, from his second studio album of the same title, released in July 2016.
Come Sunday had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is set to launch on the streaming service April 13.