Amidst the increase of coronavirus pandemic news, an indie film undergoing development stands out. Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has reportedly signed on to direct Cinema Libre Studio’s When We Pray, marking his second directorial project following Foxx’s debut film All-Star Weekend. He also co-wrote the script with Donald Ray “Speedy” Caldwell.
The specific dates of when production for this film start is uncertain, although the studio has reported that it will begin sometime before the end of the year. Cinema Libre Studio will produce alongside the Hong Kong-based Fight to Fame Films, which will finance When We Pray for a budget under $5M.
When We Pray follows two brothers who become pastors at different churches in the same community. One brother develops his church into a modern, high-tech congregation that uses digital devices and ATMs, while the other takes a humbler path but soon finds his church declining and in need of financial support. This is big news for Foxx, who is coming off a critically acclaimed performance in Warner Bros’ legal drama Just Mercy starring opposite Michael B. Jordan. He will soon be heard as the lead for Pixar’s Soul, which is expected to release on June 19 and is Pixar’s first Black character-led animated film.
Philippe Diaz, founder and Chairman of Cinema Libre Studio, announced on Deadline that “It’s a great honor to work with such a talented and passionate man as Jamie Foxx and I’m pleased to have our new, Fight to Fame partners onboard which will give Jamie the total freedom to make this film which is close to his heart, thus launching this new unique collaboration.”
Carrie Wang, the Chairman of Fight to Fame, also added that “Jamie Foxx is a Hollywood superstar–but audiences around the world love him as well. Our strong relationships in China and other Asian countries will ensure that When We Pray will be enthusiastically received by Asian moviegoers.”