Jamie Foxx is continuing his ongoing comeback from a mysterious health crisis with another film role in upcoming comedy Not Another Church Movie.
Foxx, 55, will have big shoes to fill as Deadline says he’ll be playing the god in the religious comedy.
He will be working with another acclaimed actor, Mickey Rourke, who was previously announced to play the devil in the film.
Foxx, who was seen happy and healthy on a date with his girlfriend on Wednesday, has already filmed his role, although his participation in the film has only just been announced.
Production on the film wrapped ahead of the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes against major studios and streamers, allowing it to hit theaters sometime between October and December of this year.
New movie: Jamie Fox, 55, was announced by Deadline on Thursday as God in upcoming comedy Not Another Church Movie; seen in London in February
Old school: Mickey Rourke has already been announced as playing the devil in the film; to be seen in West Hollywood in June 2022
According to IMDb, Not Another Church Movie was written by Johnny Mack and directed by him and James Michael Cummings.
Actor Kevin Daniels, best known for the short-lived series Sirens, stars as Taylor Pharry, whose name bears a striking resemblance to Tyler Perry.
According to the official synopsis, he is “an ambitious young man who has been given a sacred mission by God Himself: to tell the stories of his family and to inspire his community.”
However, it’s the same family and community that could also get in the way of the good work he’s trying to do.
To make matters worse, the devil (Rourke) lurks behind the scenes, hoping to distract him.
Rourke enjoyed a career revival in the 2000s, with high-profile roles in Sin City (2005), The Informers (2008), Iron Man 2 and the first Expendables film (both 2010), while The Wrestler (2008) earned him a few of them best reviews of his career and an Oscar nomination.
Not Another Church Movie also features supporting casts from Vivica A. Fox and New Girl actor Lamorne Morris.
According to Deadline, James Michael Cummings and former Warner Bros. executive Jim Cardwell are on-site as producers. Valerie McCaffrey will be executive producer.
Taking Time: The film was completed before the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, although Jamie’s participation is only now being reported; seen in LA in 2014
Good and Evil: Kevin Daniels stars as a man trying to tell the story of his family and community as God and the devil fight over him. New Girl’s Vivica A. Fox and Lamorne Morris also star; Fox was seen in Beverly Hills on August 4th
“We are thrilled that Mr. Foxx is a part of this hilarious comedy and brings his incredible talent to the role of the god. Working with Foxx and Johnny Mack has been a true blessing,” Cummings said in a statement to the publication. “This film is a unique blend of new and established talent and we can’t wait to hear the laughs and show audiences the magic that happens on the big screen.” “This film will not disappoint.”
McCaffrey added, “The well-known talent brought together for this entertaining comedy is unprecedented.” You can see that all the actors are enjoying themselves, especially Foxx who plays God.”
Fox was most recently seen opposite John Boyega in the acclaimed Netflix sci-fi comedy They Cloned Tyrone.
Last week, he revealed to his fans that he’s “finally feeling like himself again” after his health struggles.
Speaking to his 16.8 million Instagram followers, he opened up about an “unexpected dark journey.”
Despite the challenges of his recovery, the artist said he “can see the light” and is grateful “to everyone who has reached out and sent well wishes and prayers.”
“I have a lot of people to thank… You just don’t know how much it meant… I’ll personally thank you all… and if you didn’t know… GOD IS GOOD… all day, every day,” he concluded.
The update came less than a month after Foxx gave his first detailed update on how he’s been doing since being discharged from the hospital.
Foxx informed fans in an emotional three-minute recording of his health condition that he is neither “blind” nor “paralyzed.”
“I went through something I never thought I would ever go through. I know a lot of people [were] I’m waiting or wanted to hear an update but to be honest I didn’t want you to see me like that man,” he admitted tearfully.
Healing: Last week, Jamie revealed to his fans that he’s “finally feeling like himself again” following his health crisis.
Foxx updated fans last month on his health status in an emotional three-minute recording that he is neither “blind” nor “paralyzed.”
The actor, who returned to work last month to shoot a commercial in Las Vegas, continued, “I want you to see me laugh, have fun, party, make a joke, do a movie.” [or] a TV show.’
“I didn’t want you to see my hoses coming out of me and I’m trying to figure out if I could make it.”
The father-of-one added that he went “through hell and back” to survive and experienced some “potholes” on his “road to recovery”.
The Beat Shazam presenter also praised his sister Deondra Dixon and daughter Corinne, 29, for “saving” his life and keeping the details surrounding his hospitalization a secret.
“To you god many great medical professionals I can leave you this video,” Foxx added. “I can’t tell you how great it feels to have your family so involved and you all know they’ve kept everything under wraps, they haven’t let anything out, they’ve protected me and that’s what I hope everyone can do.’ Have in moments like this.’
He then showed that his “eyes are working properly” by moving them from side to side, before clarifying that he was “not paralyzed.”
Speaking directly to fans, he said, “I just want to say I love everyone and all the love I’ve received.”
Controversy: While his recovery is proceeding smoothly, he was recently called out for a controversial post that many described as anti-Semitic
The actor was speechless as he warned, “If you see me outside from now on and I burst into tears every now and then, it’s only because it’s been hard man.” I felt sick man. But now I’ve got my legs under me, so you’re gonna take me out.’
“Man, I know videos talk about people crying … but I’m not going to take a shot two, it is what is,” he mused. “Like I said, I want you to remember me for the jokes I make and the films I make – some of them good, some not (I think I’ve made a good one) and songs .’that I sing.’
“I’m here on earth because of some great people.” I’m here on earth because of God, man,” the performer concluded. “I’m on my way back.”
Foxx captioned the video, “Thank you everyone…it’s been a long road but all the prayers amazing people and God got me through.”
In July, the star was said to have been in “amazing shape” when he resumed work commitments, an insider told TMZ.
Another source added to People, “Jamie put in really long days and was spot on.” It was like nothing happened. You would never have found out [he had a health issue].’
While his recovery is proceeding smoothly, he was recently nominated for a controversial post that many described as anti-Semitic.
On August 4, he posted an angry message that read, “They killed this guy called Jesus… what do you think they’re going to do to you???!” followed by the hashtags #fakefriends and #fakelove.
After an account by the name of Jennifer Aniston “appeared to like” the comments, she quickly condemned the post and denied any connection to it on her Instagram Stories.
“This makes me really sick,” she wrote. “I did not intentionally or accidentally “like” this post.”
The “Break-Up” star stressed that she harbors no animosity towards the Jewish people and rejects racism in the strongest sense.
“More importantly, I want to make this clear to my friends and anyone who may be hurt by the ad on their feeds: I do NOT support any form of anti-Semitism,” she said. “And I really don’t tolerate hatred of any kind.” Period.’
Following her statement, Foxx attempted to rectify the situation by writing a statement of his own on his now-deleted post.
Apologies: Following her statement, Foxx attempted to rectify the situation by writing a statement of his own on his now-deleted post
“I want to apologize to the Jewish community and anyone who was offended by my post,” said the Django Unchained star. “I now know my choice of words caused offense and I’m sorry.”
The Ray actor said he intended to express a personal grievance and had nothing to do with the Jewish people.
“It was never my intention. “To be clear, I was cheated on by a fake boyfriend and that’s what I meant by ‘her’, nothing more,” he said. “I have only love in my heart for everyone.” I love and support the Jewish community.
“My deepest apologies to anyone who was offended. ‘Love always, Jamie Foxx.’