A new trailer just dropped for the sequel to God’s Not Dead, the faith-based film which came out of nowhere last year to make more than $60 million on a budget of $2 million. The film, which looks like it was made for a higher budget, stars Melissa Joan Hart as a school teacher who ends up in a Scopes-type lawsuit for answering a student’s question about the similarities between Jesus’ teachings to those of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.
The film also stars a bigger lineup than the first installment which was anchored by Kevin Sorbo. Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), PureFlix CEO David A.R. White (God’s Not Dead), Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs), Sadie Robertson (Duck Dynasty), Robin Givens (Head of The Class), Maria Canals-Barrera (Cristela) and the late Fred Thompson (Law & Order) in one of his final film appearances star alongside cameos by Pat Boone and Ray Wise (Robocop). It will be released on April 1, 2016.
This is also a PureFlix film and was also directed by Harold Cronk and scripted by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon. The first film ended up in a lawsuit after John Sullivan and Brad Stine sued PureFlix Entertainment and its CEO White, seeking at least $10 million in damages and alleging that God’s Not Dead was based on a “faith-based Dead Poets’ Society” concept called Proof that they came up with back in 2009.
Check out the trailer for God’s Not Dead 2 above.