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Gerard Butler Is A "Machine Gun Preacher"

By Garth Franklin Monday January 18th 2010 10:55PM

After making a name for himself in big action spectacles and a few rom-coms, Gerard Butler is trying out an indie drama with "Machine Gun Preacher" reports Deadline Hollywood.

Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "Monster's Ball") will direct the story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Childers established an orphanage to house 200 children, then formed a militia to protect them, recover other kidnapped kids, and dispense outlaw justice on their captors.

Forster co-wrote the script with Jason Keller. Robbie Brenner, Brad Simpson, Deborah Giarratana, Gary Safady and Craig Chapman are producing. Filming apparently kicks off later this year.

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