WWE Studios Acquires Worldwide Rights to Johnson’s “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”

Anjelah Johnson-Reyes’ latest project is going global…

WWE Studios has acquired worldwide rights to The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a faith-based title from the Harvest Bible Chapel’s Vertical Church Films.

Anjelah Johnson-Reyes

The film is toplined by the 33-year-old half-Mexican American actress/comedian, Brett Dalton, D.B. Sweeney and Neil Flynn and features former WWE champ Shawn Michaels.

Andrea Nasfell wrote the screenplay and Vertical Church founder Dallas Jenkins (What If…) helmed it. The outfit’s first feature-length effort is a long way the studio’s usual action fare featuring its star wrestlers: It centers on a former child star-turned-washed-up and troubled actor (Dalton), who after receiving a community service sentence pretends to be a Christian so he can play Jesus in a mega-church Easter production in order to fulfill his hours. Along the way, he reconnects with his past and builds upon his faith to discover his most important role is far away from the shining lights of Hollywood.

“It is a privilege to be working with the Harvest Bible Chapel and Vertical Church Films, as they share our understanding of the importance of a strong foundation for storytelling,” said WWE Studios president Michael Luisi. “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is a heartwarming tale of faith and redemption that will allow us to continue growing our audience as we expand into new genres.”

Richards Cast in Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D” Series Pilot

J. August Richards may soon have a super(power) role on television…

The 39-year-old Afro-Panamanian-American actor and former Angel star has reportedly been cast in Joss Whedon’s in ABC’s Avengers spinoff series S.H.I.E.L.D., according to TVLine.com.

J. August Richards

Richards has been reportedly cast in a “super top-secret role,” but no further details are available at this time.

The “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot completed shooting in February, which means Richards may have been secretly involved throughout the production, was brought in to film pickups or reshoots after production wrapped, or has already been contracted to appear in future episodes if and when the show inevitably earns a full-season pick-up from ABC (likely around the network’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers in mid-May).

He’ll join Clark Gregg as Marvel movie mainstay Agent Phil Coulson, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, a master in biology and chemistry; Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, a technology and weapons guru; Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, an expert pilot; Chloe Bennet as the “witty and charming” Skye and Brett Dalton as “cool under fire” Agent Grant Ward.

Despite the show’s place in the Marvel universe, Whedon is on record as stressing the need for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” to feature new characters.

“It needs to be its own thing,” said Whedon. “It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] but you don’t want to do a show where you’re constantly going, ‘Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.'”