Megachurch scandals are unfortunately used to being in the spotlight. A quick Google search can show you plenty of documentaries, podcasts and even an HBO show about megachurch scandals. And now, the big screen is shining a light on them, too.
Regina Hall (Girl’s Trip) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, Black Panther) co-star as a megachurch power couple trying to regain relevancy in their church community in Honk For Jesus, Save Your Soul. In the midst of misconduct allegations, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown) tries to revamp his church after the scandal forced the congregation to close its door. In the meantime, his wife, Trinitie Childs (Hall), does whatever she can to “reclaim the throne” as the church’s first lady. Together, the couple documents their “ultimate comeback” to get their megachurch back on top. The movie got raves at Sundance and now appears primed to win over other audiences too.
The film’s writer, Adamma Ebo, spoke with IndieWire about drawing inspiration from her own church’s scandal.
“I think we just questioned so much. And then there were incidents that were happening at our church and at other churches where we felt like the people in power weren’t being held accountable for being terrible human beings,” Ebo told IndieWire. “We wanted to find a balance of questioning and critiquing this institution, and still celebrating it, because it’s so important to Black culture, but it could be doing better in a lot of ways.”
Ebo co-wrote the script with her twin Adanne Ebo as well as Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya. The film was produced by Hall and Brown, and Jordan Peele served as the film’s executive producer.
Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul premieres in theaters and on Peacock September 2.