Exclusive Interview with Dallas Jenkins, director of The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, starring Brett Dalton (Gavin Stone) and Anjelah Johnson (Kelly Richardson) will be released this Friday, January 20. The movie tells the story of a washed-up child star, Gavin Stone, who is sentenced to perform community service at a local church. Whilst trying to avoid mopping floors and cleaning toilets, Gavin stumbles upon the auditions for the church’s annual Passion Play. In order to land the role of Jesus, he pretends to be a Christian, but ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Struggling to work out who he really is, Gavin finds a community ready to welcome him as one of their own.

With the release only a few days away, we caught up with director Dallas Jenkins to find out more about this story of ‘faith and forgiveness’.

BrettDaltonOrg: What message do you hope will stay with audiences after they’ve seen this film?
Dallas Jenkins: That church, for all its flaws, is actually a place where a special kind of community is found that can change your life. That a good church welcomes without judgment, loves without condition, and forgives without limit. I hope churchgoers and outsiders are reminded of that.

Your son was involved with some of the casting – can you tell us a bit more about that process? 
Well, he was only involved with casting one certain actor we all know and love! He’s a big Marvel nerd and loves Agents of SHIELD, and I still have the text where he told me I should cast Brett Dalton as Gavin. Even after he explained who Brett was, I was skeptical. There was nothing about Grant Ward that said “this is Gavin” to me, as Gavin is charismatic, obnoxious, funny, etc.. But I relented and had our casting director send Brett the script, and he loved it. Once he auditioned it was pretty clear our search was over.

What was your favorite scene to shoot while making the movie?
For humor, I loved shooting the scene where Gavin is asked to pray on the spot and has no idea what he’s doing. Brett and the guys on the scene all did some good improvs and made the scene fantastic. For heart, my favorite scene is when Anjelah Johnson as Kelly tells Gavin why their church shows unconditional grace. They were both so good in the scene, and it’s both funny and heartfelt, I absolutely loved it.

What inspired you to tell this particular story?
I love the fish out of water element. I think if you want to make audiences identify with a character, make them an outsider. And I thought it would be really interesting to tell the story of what church is like through the eyes of an outsider. And the notion of him pretending to be a Christian so he can fit in I knew was ripe for great humor.

What is it about Gavin’s character that you hope audiences will relate to?
We’ve all felt out of place at some point. We’ve also all had that
moment when we realize the world doesn’t revolve around us. What happens then?

With the great chemistry between the actors, what onscreen dynamic is your favorite, or which are you most looking forward to audiences seeing?
I hope audiences see that while Gavin and Kelly don’t quite fit at the beginning, they both go on journeys that criss cross with each other. They both have a lot to learn, and I think when you start to see Kelly warm up to Gavin and warm up in general, and Gavin start to mature, it’s really cool, and not in the typical slapsticky rom-com way.

What three words would you use to describe this movie?
Heartfelt, authentic, and really funny. Wait, that’s more than three words.

Do you have any funny “behind the scenes” stories you can share with us?
In the moment in the trailer when Gavin greets the woman at church by kissing both her cheeks, she had no idea Brett was going to do that, and her reaction is real.

What challenges did you face making The Resurrection of Gavin Stone in comparison to other films you’ve worked on?
This was the first movie I made with Hollywood companies footing the bill, involved from the beginning, so making a movie with producers looking over my shoulder and very eager to make sure I didn’t screw up was a new one for me!

What was it like working with lead actor, Brett Dalton, whose character is in almost every scene of the film?
Brett’s fantastic. He gave me such a gift with his performance. And what I like about him is that he doesn’t just do what his idea is, and he doesn’t just do what I say, he’s thoughtful and passionate and makes sure that we’re on the same page with each scene.

Did anyone in this hilarious cast ad-lib any of their lines and did any of those ad-libs make it into the film?
Absolutely! There’s a scene where Gavin is in church for the first time trying to fit in, trying to look like a regular churchgoer, and I had him walk through the church lobby randomly greeting people. At one point he looks at someone, holds up his bible, and says, “hey, we have the same book!”


The Resurrection of Gavin Stone comes out on Friday. You can find a list of theaters screening the movie here. We’ll keep you updated with information about VOD platforms and international release as it becomes available.

Lost in Florence – Official Trailer and Website now live

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With the release date of January 27 getting closer, the official website for Lost in Florence is now live. The movie, starring Dalton as Eric Lazard, is the tale of a former football player who tries to escape his failures at home by visiting his cousin, Anna, in Italy. Anna, played by Stana Katic, gives Eric some sage advice and welcomes him into her life in Florence. Through her, Eric is introduced a tight-knit community, and throws himself into a new challenge – the brutal sport of Calcio Storico.

In addition to showcasing the traditional Florentine sport, the movie focuses on Eric’s growing feelings for Stefania (Alessandra Mastronardi), and the complications that their relationship brings to the close group of friends. The rivalry between Eric and his teammate Paolo (Alessandro Preziosi) is highlighted in the trailer, and promises to be one of the integral themes of the movie.

Lost in Florence is one of two films starring Dalton that will be released next month. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is slated for release January 20th, with Lost in Florence scheduled to be released a week later on January 27. In addition to a limited cinematic release, the movie will also be made available on VOD the same day. 

New Trailer for Lost in Florence

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A second trailer for Brett Dalton’s upcoming film, Lost in Florence, has been released, giving us a more in depth look at what we can expect from the movie. The first trailer, leaked online several months ago, gave us hints of what to expect, but didn’t tell us much about the plot of the mysterious film. The new footage in this one definitely gives us the sneak peek that fans have been waiting for. 

Dalton plays Eric Lazard, a down on his luck former football player who is visiting his cousin, Anna, in Italy. The new trailer offers us clues on their remarkably close relationship, which is very welcome considering how little we knew before. We also know more about other key players within the film, such as Stefania (Alessandra Mastronardi) who will play Eric’s Italian love interest and his new teammate/rival Paolo (Alessandro Preziosi) who will be the third point of this unexpected love triangle.

This trailer offers much more drama and action than the previous trailer did. We’re also teased with some of the controversy surrounding the game of Calcio Fiorentino, and shown more of how Eric will be getting in over his head whilst playing the dangerous sport.

Lost in Florence is one of two films starring Dalton that will be released next year. While his other film The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is slated for release January 20th, Lost in Florence is scheduled to be released a week later on January 27, 2017.

 

Brett Dalton cast in new Thriller ‘A Bend in the Road’

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Brett Dalton is looking to the road ahead by jumping onboard director/writer David Frigerio’s newest project, A Bend in the Road, which is scheduled to begin filming sometime next year. Diego Boneta (Scream Queens) has been cast alongside Dalton, with actress Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect) reportedly in talks to join.

According to Deadline who broke the news earlier, the premise of the film will focus on two step-sisters who are at odds with each other after the tragic death their respective parents. One of the heiresses decides to hire a drifter to kill her step sister for the $100 million inheritance left to them after their parent’s deaths.

Frigerio is best known for sci-fi thriller The Signal which starred Laurence Fishburne and Olivia Cook. He authored the screenplay for A Bend in the Road with Suzanne Fitzpatrick, adapting it from a story he co-wrote with Darby Parker.

The film will be produced by Jordan Yale Levine, of Yale Productions, and Scott Levinson. Frigerio will also sign on as Executive Producer.

There is no official word yet on which character Brett will be playing in the film, or a potential release date, although the movie is set to film in 2017. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – Trailer Out Now

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It’s finally here! Vertical Church Films have just released the trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, and we can’t wait to see the finished product.


Starring Brett Dalton (Gavin Stone) and Anjelah Johnson (Kelly Richardson), the movie tells the story of a washed-up child star, Gavin Stone, who is tasked with performing community service at a local church. He pretends to be Christian in order to land the role of Jesus in the church’s annual Passion Play, but ends up getting much more than he bargained for when he meets the director, Kelly.

A rough edit of the movie received an overwhelmingly positive response, and the film promises a lot of laughs in addition to some touching character moments. It’s clear from the trailer that the lead actors excel in their roles, and we’ve got a lot to look forward to when the story of ‘faith and forgiveness’ is released in January.

You can follow @GavinStoneMovie on Twitter for regular updates, and we’ll keep you posted as more news becomes available.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is due for release on January 20, 2017

New Project – Milo Murphy’s Law

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Agent Grant Ward may be gone, but we’ve learned that Brett Dalton will be jumping back into familiar waters, playing another agent for Disney’s newest animated series.

In the show, titled Milo Murphy’s Law, Dalton will be recurring as high-level time-traveling ‘Agent Brick’. The project comes from the creators and executive producers of the award winning Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh.

The series follows 13 year old Milo Murphy, who is the great-great-great-great grandson of the man whom ‘Murphy’s Law’ is named after. It will star Grammy award winning Al Yankovic as the titular character, alongside Girl Meets World’s Sabrina Carpenter and Kirby Buckets Mekai Curtis.

Dalton first teased his involvement with the project back in February when he posted this photo with Yankovic on his social media.

Dalton will be joined by an all-star cast including Mr. Robot’s Christian Slater, and Dalton’s former Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-star, Ming-Na Wen.

Disney will have a preview of the first episode available on their Disney XD app, Disney XD’s YouTube channel and Disney XD VOD’s platforms as early as September 26th. The series is slated to officially premiere on Disney XD Monday, October 3rd at 8PM.

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Gavin Stone – Release date announced

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Save the date!

After many months of anticipation, Vertical Church Films has finally announced the release date for their upcoming film, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone! The romantic comedy, starring Brett Dalton (Gavin Stone) and Anjelah Johnson (Kelly) has been slated for release on January 20th, 2017.  There is no trailer as of yet, but we anticipate it’ll drop sometime soon now that there is an official date.

If you’re playing catch up, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is one of two recent projects for Dalton. The film follows a washed up child star, Gavin Stone (Dalton), who is forced into doing community service at a local mega-church. While there, Gavin lands the leading role of Jesus in the upcoming Easter production. There’s just one catch: he lied to get the role. Pretending to be Christian while simultaneously falling for the show’s director, Kelly (Johnson), Gavin quickly realizes there’s more on the line than he originally bargained for. Will it have been worth it in the end?

The film promises many laughs, witty romance and touching character moments throughout (not to mention Gavin’s obnoxious fashion choices). An early screening produced enthusiastically positive reviews.

Vertical Church Films is celebrating the film’s release date with a twitter contest for fans, giving them the chance to win a production still signed by Dalton and Johnson.

In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on trailer news, international dates, and more! Are you guys just as excited as we are? Let us know!

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone will be released January 20th, 2017.

Brett Dalton: TVs next Man of Steel?

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The news that Supergirl is officially bringing Superman back to The CW broke less than 48 hours ago, and the internet has been buzzing with dream casting the coveted role ever since. Despite a few obvious veteran choices being thrown in, such as Smallville’s Tom Welling, fans are looking forward to the possibility of a new Man of Steel donning the iconic cape this fall. Out of all the names making the rounds, one name seems to keep popping up: Brett Dalton.

With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now in his rearview mirror for good, the actor is currently on the lookout for his next noteworthy role. Since many fans would like to see him make his way from Marvel to DC, we’ve come up with five reasons why this role would be a great fit:

 

  1. He is already well versed in the comic book genre: Brett has extensive experience working in the comic book genre after being a part of Marvel TV for the last few years, excelling in his parts as both the hero-turned-traitor Grant Ward and the more villainous Hive. Brett’s love for comics has been a lifelong affair, with his love for lesser known characters such as Death’s Head II and Lobo well documented. With Brett’s experience, it seems he is already very aware of the responsibility an actor is given when they’re cast in the role of a beloved and iconic comic book character such as Superman.

 

  1. He’ll avoid being typecast in a villainous role: After three years of playing a baddie on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brett’s next role could be the polar opposite of Grant Ward. Clark Kent is the epitome of goodness, with his true nature as Superman bringing an unmatched strength to the character. As the world’s greatest superhero, there is no grey area to Superman, with the character’s complexity coming from other areas in his life. Superman has not been getting a lot of love in the media, but maybe a more lighthearted and relatable version of the character could win back critics and fans alike.

 

  1. His acting range allows him to play a dual identity flawlessly: We got to watch Brett play three different characters in as many years on one TV show. However, when it comes to dual identities, the story of Superman reigns supreme. Brett has more than proven that he has the physical skill necessary to convey Superman’s brute strength, but this role would also give him the opportunity to exercise his comedic timing as the unassuming Clark Kent. We’ve seen him play multiple shades of the same character back to back, but think of how much fun it would be to watch him play the dual role of Superman and Clark at the same time!

 

  1. He already has his own legion of loyal fans that will follow him to his next venture: Brett Dalton’s popularity skyrocketed during his tenure on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and yet he’s still considered relatively unknown. We don’t yet know if the Supergirl series is looking to stunt cast the role, or if they want someone unknown, but with Brett they could have a little bit of both.

 

  1. This could open doors beyond the comic book genre: As of right now, the role of Superman is only scheduled to appear in the first two episodes of Supergirl’s second season. However, there is always the possibility that the character could recur in future episodes, or even appear in other DC shows, since the network is already planning their 4-show crossover in December. Moving Supergirl to The CW also means that he’d be landing a role on a network that likes to reuse their actors for different purposes. Brett is undoubtedly leading-man material, and appearing on this buzz-worthy, critically acclaimed show could even lead to him landing his very own pilot.

 

What do you think about Brett Dalton potentially taking flight as the Man of Steel? Do you like the idea of him making a move to DC? Regardless of what role he does choose to do next, we are looking forward to seeing what comes next for this incredibly talented actor.

Agents of SHIELD Review

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The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 finale was a bit of a mixed bag, but it allows us to acknowledge an actor who’s been with us since the beginning, Brett Dalton. He was introduced as the clean faced, chiseled jaw, bad ass “best since Romanoff” Agent Grant Ward, the very first team member Phil Coulson chose for his new ragtag team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. At the time, we didn’t know much about the mysterious by-the-book agent, but one thing we were told from the start was that Grant Ward didn’t play well with others.

I fell in love with this character immediately, becoming excited about all the potential he possessed. That love quickly transferred to the actor who played him. As the first season progressed and we got to dig into Grant Ward’s past, a fan base of Ward’s Warriors arose to fight for his character’s redemption. I’m still saddened that never came to pass. Throughout the three seasons of this series, we’ve been lucky to witness Brett Dalton’s talent on screen. Sadly, we now have to bid farewell to the unsung hero of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Whether Grant Ward made us laugh as he he jokingly imitated himself during the show’s first season, or broke our hearts after the reveal of his dark past, Brett Dalton always delivered. He conveyed both vulnerablity and strength. His character may have been cloaked in darkness, but Dalton made me believe he never truly lost his humanity, delivering a performance that convinced me that Ward carried both good and evil within him. The character toed the line between hero and villain remarkably well, and that was what struck a chord with audiences.

The impact Dalton made to the show was so important to viewers that many had hopes his character would receive a redemption arc, thus enabling his continued presence on the show. Setting aside the obvious turn of events throughout the seasons, I ended season three still wondering, what if? What if Ward had not been murdered, or if he had somehow been brought back to life after his body was inhabited by an alien parasite? What if Grant Ward had become the hero we thought he was at the start? All these questions were left unanswered, and this somehow makes his story feel incomplete. It’s as if we’ve reached the end of a book, only to find that the last pages have been torn out of it.

Grant Ward not finding redemption on this series is extremely depressing to me as a viewer. It’s a sad realization of the status quo that mental health has in today’s society. After learning what happened to Ward, what lead him to believe in Garrett and what lead him to join Hydra, I found myself feeling sympathy for the character. Who wouldn’t feel for the guy knowing all the abuse he’d been through that started during his childhood and carried well into his adulthood?

I don’t think anyone expected redemption during the first season so soon after the reveal, but many of thought that it might come during the show’s second season. When we first caught up with Ward after the break, we found him in a vault being kept in solitary by Coulson and his team. We learned that he’d attempted suicide three times. And when he finally broke free of his captors, we thought that he was still trying to earn a place on their team by helping them the only way he knew how. This was the turning point some fans were hoping for. Unfortunately, the character was taken down the fork in the road that travelled in the opposite direction than I wanted.

The damage continued as his dark path with Hydra did too. Despite, the fact that Ward taking over Hydra never made much sense (Ward spent all his time since the reveal continuously repeating that he was never loyal to Hydra), Brett Dalton’s talent was a tour de force. No matter what he was given in terms of writing, he was always able to command every scene he was in. It’s no wonder he’s the show’s breakout star (Dalton won an award for this category in 2014). As his character progressed and became a formidable villain, so did his performance.

Dalton was able to successfully convince us that Grant Ward was nothing more than a stern and unemotional agent during the first few episodes of the series. As the show found its footing during the back half of the first season, so did his character, who still held an important role in the team. The greatest twist the show has ever had was when Ward was revealed to be Hydra. Everyone was shocked by this turn of events. Do you know why that was? It was because of Brett Dalton’s undeniable talent. He had the ability to fit multiple hats and to take on multiple changes with his character throughout the seasons. From hero to villain, the road to his death on this series was an emotional one because of the connection he created with the audience. No other plot twist since then has landed quite the same way.

Earlier this season, the audience had to say goodbye to this character who we have watched go through many trials and tribulations. Grant Ward was murdered by Director Phil Coulson. Coulson killing him wasn’t a surprise whatsoever but it was disappointing to watch because of the character’s potential. After Ward perished at the hands of Coulson he became Hive, the inhuman villain that could control his inhuman brethren. This meant that even though Grant Ward was gone, we were still able to keep Brett Dalton for the rest of the season. We were so lucky to be able to watch Brett play two different characters in this series solely because he is so talented. Still, I would have preferred to have had Grant Ward stick around instead.

I think the first time Hive became the formidable villain we expected him to be was after he killed civilians to regain his full strength. Once Hive regained his full strength, that’s when we saw Brett Dalton reach a whole new peak in his acting. The season benefited from Dalton’s performance as Hive, but it was very short lived. The longer Hive stuck around on the show, the less menacing he became. Why can’t this show keep up with itself? Every season we are promised an amazing payoff and every season finale they fail to deliver on that promise.

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Brett Dalton for good during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three finale. Hive’s plan to infect the world with the terrigenesis mist was a failure as he ended up getting trapped with Lincoln in the quinjet that carried the nuclear weapon. Despite being the season’s “big bad”, Hive’s death didn’t have as much of an impact as Grant Ward’s death on this show. However, that doesn’t mean that Brett and Luke (Mitchell) didn’t give the best performance of the episode in those final moments where their characters perished together.

Fortunately, fans don’t need to go far for a more satisfying storyline for the turncoat agent they’ve spent the last three years loving. The current Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic run in Marvel’s All-New All-Different lineup is fantastic. Grant Ward recently made his debut in the Marvel Comics Universe and like his TV counterpart; he is already stealing the show. It’s definitely a must read!

This is our final review of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series now that Brett Dalton is no longer a regular on the show. But if you’d like to see Grant Ward to continue to have a place in the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up Marvel’s monthly comic book subscription written by Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim. Please share your thoughts about the season 3 finale below and let us know how you feel about Brett Dalton being officially off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for good.

Absolution

Agents of SHIELD 3×21-22 “Absolution/Ascension” Promo Material

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Official synopsis for the 2 hour Season Finale. The first hour entitled Absolution and the second Ascension:

It’s a showdown a season in the making as S.H.I.E.L.D. takes on Hive. With Hive’s master plan finally revealed, the team must spring into action. Who will live and who will die?”

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The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 finale airs 9PM,  Tuesday May 17 on ABC