Almost 20 years ago, back when CDs were still a thing and online downloading was just kicking off, a song came out by the music group MercyMe. Their album sold pretty well by Christian music standards, but the song itself eventually went double-platinum and became the best-selling song of its genre and the most played Christian song ever. That song is "I Can Only Imagine," which you may have heard before. It was a profound song asking the question, "What would it be like if you met God?"
Now, a film titled "I Can Only Imagine" has been made about that song and how it came to be. Telling the story of MercyMe's lead singer, Bart Millard, his relationship with his father and the long road it took for "I Can Only Imagine" to get written, the first trailer has finally arrived. I really can only imagine how much we're all gonna love this movie.
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If you're one of the many who have heard the song played at funerals for their family or friends, like myself, then you may consider stockpiling the tissues. If you're like me, then this song may mean a lot to you, too. For me, it comes down to the fact that a good friend of mine lost his father to brain cancer just three short years before I lost mine in a car accident. My friend's dad, he wasn't the kind of guy who normally listened to upbeat songs like "I Can Only Imagine." But MercyMe's song really grew on him, so it ended up being played at his burial. And man was it emotional, with nary a dry eye from those in attendance.
While "I Can Only Imagine" is certainly geared toward Christian music-loving moviegoers, it has elements that should attract more than just that particular crowd. The song's popularity itself is actually one of those elements. It was a huge crossover hit, being played on pop/rock radio stations around the country. So, fans who were introduced to the song in between Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi while listening to their local radio station might also want to check the movie out.
The stars of the film will also be a draw. #DennisQuaid (The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, Innerspace) will star as Millard's father. The grown-up version of Millard will be played by newcomer J. Michael Finley, and the young Millard will be played by Brody Rose (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and a one-time zombie kid from The Walking Dead). Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) stars as Memaw, and country music singer Trace Adkins also makes an appearance.
Young, old, Christian music fans, pop/rock music fans, guys, gals...I Can Only Imagine will have something to offer for everyone. Until March 16, 2018, when it starts hitting theaters in North America, stay tuned to the official Facebook page for updates.
[Source: I Can Only Imagine]