Shania Twain, Britt Robertson Join K.J. Apa in 'I Still Believe' for Lionsgate
Melissa Roxborough and Nathan Dean Parsons also board the 'I Can Only Imagine' follow-up that also stars Gary Sinise.
The Hollywood Reporter
By Etan Vlessing
May 13, 2019
Country music superstar Shania Twain, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh and Nathan Dean Parsons have joined Lionsgate's I Still Believe, the follow-up to I Can Only Imagine, the 2018 indie hit.
Twain will play Terry Camp, the mother of Jeremy Camp, a true-life Christian music mega-star on a journey of love and loss and to be played by K.J. Apa. Gary Sinise was earlier cast as his father, Tom Camp.
Other new casting includes Robertson to play Melissa Henning, Jeremy Camp’s love interest and wife, while her older sister will be played by Roxburgh. Parsons will play Jeremy and Melissa’s rock star friend, who mentors Jeremy, but who also has feelings for Melissa.
Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin and producing partner Kevin Downes are back for the faith-based film, which marks the Erwin brothers’ first project coming out of their first-look film and TV deal with Lionsgate. The Erwins will direct I Still Believe from a script by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn.
Camp is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter who has sold more than 5 million albums and has toured some 36 countries. He has received numerous accolades, including four RIAA-certified gold albums, two American Music Awards nominations, multiple ASCAP awards, 38 No. 1 songs, a gold digital single ("There Will Be a Day"), a multi-platinum DVD and was named in Billboard’s Christian Artist of the Decade chart (No. 2).
Twain is a five-time Grammy winner, with more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million. Earlier this year, she made her acting debut in the movie Trading Paint, opposite John Travolta. Twain previously appeared in the 2004 feature film I Heart Huckabee for a brief cameo as herself. Robertson starred on the Shonda Rhimes ABC series For The People and she plays the title role in Girlboss on Netflix.
Roxburgh stars in NBC’s Manifest and also plays the role of CIA officer Thea in the CW series Valor, while Parsons stars as Max Evans in The CW’s Roswell, New Mexico.
I Still Believe, produced by Lionsgate and Kingdom Studios, starts production in Alabama in late May, and is set for a March 20, 2020 release. The project underscores Lionsgate’s commitment to the faith-based genre, which also loosely includes Hacksaw Ridge and The Shack.
I Can Only Imagine earned more than $80 million worldwide last year. Twain is repped by CAA. Robertson is repped by Innovative Artists.
Roxburgh is represented by the Gersh Agency. Parsons is represented by Innovative Artists.