Dispatches

I Can Only Imagine

The story of the most played radio single in 
Christian music history.

Bart Millard (John Michael Finley) performs I Can Only Imagine in public for the first time.

Courtesy of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions

Mercy me, this is a good film! The song I Can Only Imagine has become the most-played radio single in Christian music history—and now the bittersweet story about how that monumental number came to be written will be released in theaters nationwide on March 16. (Yes, the irony is not lost on the feature date being 3:16.)

Author Millard (Dennis Quaid)
Courtesy of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions

I Can Only Imagine features an all-star cast of Golden-Globe nominee Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, The Rookie, Soul Surfer), Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman (The Iron Giant, The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein), platinum-selling country music legend Trace Adkins, author and actress Priscilla Shirer (War Room), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), and Broadway’s J. Michael Finley (Les Miserables).

High school music teacher Mrs. Fincher (Priscilla Shirer)
Courtesy of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions

Directed by the Erwin Brothers (Jon & Andrew), the film brings to life the true story behind the song written by the Christian band MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard (played by Finley). Throughout Bart’s childhood, the boy suffered unbelievable abuse by the hand of his father (deftly played by Quaid). The plot beautifully illustrates that nobody is ever too far from God’s mercy and grace—nor is anyone far from an eternal home in Heaven.

“This is an extraordinary movie about the power of faith, love, family, and music,” says Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff of Roadside Attractions. “The Erwins bring world-class storytelling and production values to faith-based films. It’s no surprise they have attracted such a phenomenal cast to their latest feature. We are thrilled to be bringing it to theatrical audiences nationwide.”

“We are delighted to be working with the talented Erwin Brothers who have an incredible vision for both the film and the music,” says Jason Constantine of the film’s other production company, Lionsgate.

I Can Only Imagine will touch audiences everywhere. We are very excited to bring this wonderful story to the big screen.”

Major Frank Duracher, Assistant Editor, National Publications

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