Ejiofor stars as Carlton Pearson, a popular evangelical minister of the Higher Dimensions Family Church in Tulsa, Okla., whose services drew as many as 5,000 people. He was deemed a heretic by his peers in 2004 as a result of his decision to begin preaching the doctrine of universal salvation — based on the concept that there is no hell — as what he called “the gospel of inclusion.”
Rashad will portray Pearson’s wife Gina, who filed for divorce from him last year, citing “incompatibility issues.”
The script was written by Marcus Hinchey, based on a 2005 “This American Life” radio episode. Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing alongside Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp of “This American Life.”
Rashad worked with Marston on “Complete Unknown,” which he directed and co-wrote. She appeared earlier this year in George Clooney’s “Money Monster.”
Rashad has been nominated for Tony Awards for “Stick Fly” in 2012 and “The Trip To Bountiful” in 2013. She is part of the regular cast on Showtime’s “Billions,” which returns for its second season in February.
Marston’s known for directing “Maria Full of Grace” from his own script. Catalina Sandino Moreno received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Rashad is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artists Management. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.