Vincent D’Onofrio (“Daredevil,” “The Kid”) has been tapped to play the late Reverend Jerry Falwell in the biopic drama “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” at Fox Searchlight.
Based on Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbat’s documentary of the same name, the narrative feature tells the extraordinary and outlandish rise, fall and redemption of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker (played by Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain) who created the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and a theme park.
The pair were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Before long, the couple’s financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and sexual scandal tore their marriage apart and toppled their faith-based empire. Falwell (D’Onofrio) was an American Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist and conservative activist who died in 2007.
In addition, also joining the cast today are Sam Jaeger (“Parenthood”) as Roe Messner, Gabriel Olds (“Surrogates”) as Pat Robertson, Mark Wystrach (“Johnny Christ”) as Gary Paxton, Chandler Head as a young Tammy Faye, and Fredric Lehne as Fred Grover. Cherry Jones also stars as Tammy’s mother.
Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”) helms the film from a script by Abe Sylvia. Chastain, Kelly Carmichael, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane will produce.