Coming Fall 2021! A film by Fellowship for Performing Arts and 1A Productions
The dramatic, true story of C.S. Lewis’ journey from committed atheist to “reluctant” believer comes to life on screen in a magnificent new film. With a planned fall 2021 release, The Most Reluctant Convert spans the decades from Lewis’ turbulent childhood, to harrowing experiences in World War I, to his life-changing friendships as an Oxford don with such luminaries as J.R.R. Tolkien.
The story traces Lewis’ life prior to the publication of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and before his marriage to Joy Davidman. It reveals Lewis as an Oxford professor in 1950 looking back to the period of his youth from 1908 to 1931 when he slowly and reluctantly changed his views from atheism to Christianity.
Filmed in over 20 locations around Oxford, The Most Reluctant Convert features a 17-member main cast and 190 extras in over 270 costumes. In addition to McLean, Convert stars Nicholas Ralph as a younger Lewis. Ralph currently stars in the international hit television series All Creatures Great and Small as James Herriot. The film introduces Eddie Ray Martin as the childhood Lewis. It is directed by BAFTA and Emmy winner Norman Stone and written and starring McLean.
With cinematographer Sam Heasman (Doctor Who), the composer is Golden Globe winner Craig Armstrong (Moulin Rouge) and production designer is Roger Murray-Leach (Local Hero).
The film is produced by Fellowship for Performing Arts, Matthew Jenkins, an executive producer on Murder on The Orient Express, Artemis Fowl and the upcoming Death on The Nile, and Ken Denison, executive producer of FPA’s theatrical works.
The underlying rights to the Lewis source material used in the film were licensed from The C.S. Lewis Company. The Most Reluctant Convert is based on Max McLean’s nationwide hit play C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert.