Steve Harris, Naturi Naughton, Lela Rochon, Hosea Sanchez, and Collins Pennie will headline the BET original film. Actress Regina King will make her directorial debut with the film.
Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films has also come on-board to co-produce the film along with Royal Ties, the company King runs with her sister, Reina King and Queen Latifah‘s Flava Unit Company. The film is based on Billingsley‘s 2005 novel of the same name. Actress-screenwriter Crystal Garrett penned the adaptation.
‘Let The Church Say Amen’ centers around Reverend Simon Jackson (Harris) who seems to be doing a fine job mentoring his church, transforming it into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the good Reverend’s been busy tending his flock, his family’s gone astray. His nineteen-year-old daughter, Rachel (Naughton), gives new meaning to “baby mama drama.” Crazy in love with her son’s father, she’s wreaking havoc on the man’s life, even though he’s about to marry another woman. David, Simon’s oldest at twenty-seven (Sanchez), has been spiraling downward ever since a knee injury ended a promising football career. Blessedly, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan (Pennie), a college graduate and the apple of Simon’s eye, is poised to take his father’s side as associate pastor — or so everyone thinks.
Loretta (Rochon) has been a devoted wife to Simon, but she’s beginning to realize that enabling him to give more to the church than to his children was her biggest mistake. As things begin to fall apart and secrets are revealed, will Loretta be able to help her husband reunite their tattered family before it’s too late? Let the Church Say Amen is a powerful journey through one family’s trials — and a remarkable story of reconciliation and love.
Author Reshonda Tate Billingsley’s novels, Let the Church Say Amen, Know I’ve Been Changed, Everybody Say Amen and Say Amen Again will all be featured in filmsor the network.