KJ Apa’s New Movie Is Basically The *Opposite* Of Riverdale
It’s wild that KJ Apa has been able to film four movies in the past two years while starring on the CW’s Riverdale. I’d ask when he has time to sleep, but I think the whole “falling asleep behind the wheel” fiasco answered that one for us. KJ has booked his fifth major film, and it’s a weird one. The Archie Comics hottie will portray Christian rocker Jeremy Camp in the upcoming biopic I Still Believe.
The Lionsgate film is being produced by the same company that gave us 2018’s I Can Only Imagine, the faith-based film following another Christian musical act, MercyMe. Luckily, this is a *very* different company from the Christian film producers that made Unplanned, God’s Not Dead, and the Hillsong movie, Pure Flix (which honestly sounds more like a porn website than a Christian movie company, but whatever). I Still Believe‘s producers Kevin Downes and the Erwin Brothers are more about uplifting behind-the-song movies that will be played at Vacation Bible Schools across the country, and less about the whole shock-based propaganda machine films Pure Flix pedals that will be also played at Vacation Bible Schools across the country. Meanwhile, we’re surprised Riverdale hasn’t been banned from Vacation Bible Schools across the country for its depictions of teen sex, drug use,
white gangs gang violence, pagan religious ceremonies, and bad lip syncing. God, we love that show.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 20, 2019
KJ has been pretty open about his faith, and A Dog’s Purpose was basically a step and a hop away from being a faith film, so we should probably be less surprised that KJ decided to use his precious time off for I Still Believe instead of a teen rom-com. Side note: Does it make me a bad Christian for wishing he’d just done a teen rom-com? Anyway, the big selling point for I Still Believe in KJ’s eyes was likely the chance to live out his rockstar dreams. KJ has performed with Kygo at Coachella and did a set with Rob Raco for Teen Vogue‘s Young Hollywood Party, absolutely shredding on the guitar, and clearly, he’s sung on Riverdale‘s various musical episodes. A musical movie was the next logical step, we just would have guessed at a Sid Vicious or Eagles-centric film before the dude that wrote “There Will Be A Day.”
Other big-name stars that have starred in Christian films include Alexa Vega, Dean Cain, Sarah Drew, Tia Mowry, Renée Zellweger, Olivia Holt, Jesse Metcalfe, and Dennis Quaid. Honestly, we could keep going. There’s this whole world of cheesy Christian movies starring actual celebrities that has been left entirely unexplored, like Hallmark films but weirder, and I don’t think I’m ready for them. Thankfully, Variety reports that I Still Believe won’t open until March 2020, so we’ve got some time to prepare ourselves for the movie event of the
century spring month — a movie event.