While C.S. Lewis wrote profound allegories, his fascinating life story will be coming to life on the big screen.
The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis is set to hit theatres in the U.S.A on November 3. The film is directed by double-Emmy and double-BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker Norman Stone and stars Max McLean, Nicholas Ralph, and Eddie Ray Martin.
Lewis is best known for The Chronicles of Narnia's novel series. He published many other novels including The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. He penned a few non-fiction titles as well, and after doing a series of BBC radio talks during the Second World War, those talks were turned into the well-known book, Mere Christianity.
While Lewis became known as a renowned Christian apologist writer later in life, he struggled greatly with his faith after his mother died. In fact, he was an atheist for many years.
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According to New Release Today, the film is based on the hit U.S. play C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it had been performed 287 times in 64 cities and on college campuses since its 2016 premiere. The play has been attended by roughly 100,000 people.
Different actors play varying ages of Lewis throughout the movie, showing the many hardships he faced. It also explores the impact friends had on the dedicated atheist who was forced to question his own disbelief such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and Owen Barfield.
Both the play and the upcoming film are based primarily on Lewis' memoir, Surprised by Joy.