Omaha, NE – The buzz surrounding “Reformation Day,” the upcoming blockbuster movie recalling the life of Martin Luther, has reached a fevered pitch.
“As the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation approaches, we’re immensely excited to share this film with Lutherans around the world,” said Director of Doctrinal Film Content Pastor Bryan Schmidt. “The tremendous donations from Lutheran church bodies and individuals have enabled us to produce a truly world-class product that will recreate the historical events of the Reformation with unparalleled quality and accuracy.”
Filmed entirely on location in Germany, the Steven Spielberg directed film, starring Tom Hanks as Martin Luther and Leonardo Di Caprio as Johann von Eck, faithfully recounts the epic tale of Martin Luther’s life. The movie begins with Martin’s studies at law school, continues to the explosive events that spurred him to become an Augustinian monk, and reaches a climax during his subsequent realization of justification by grace and the ensuing struggle with the Catholic Church.
Reaction to the movie has been unprecedented. A teaser trailer released on August 20th caused a full server meltdown at the Lutheran Film Institute due to the sheer volume of incoming traffic.
“I can’t wait to see it!” exclaimed Cynthia Fuller, a college freshman from Fort Wayne, IN. “Most Christian movies are so poorly done you can barely watch them. Finally I’ll be able to see a wholesome movie that actually entertains me.”
The estimated budget of $350 million has brought together talent and technology not normally seen in Lutheran movies. The worldwide premiere scheduled for October 31st, 2017, is projected to set box office records.
The movie is not without controversy, however. Critics have raged against the tremendous sums of money spent on development and marketing, arguing the funds could be more effectively used in traditional outreach projects, as well as the selection of Emma Stone as Luther’s wife, Katherina von Bora.
“Yes, I know there is a significant age gap between Tom Hanks and Emma Stone,” said Pastor Schmidt. “But Katharina was almost 16 years younger than Martin! How many times do I have to explain that to you people?”
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