Jonathan Rhys-Davies to Star as Saint Patrick in I AM PATRICK
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
Jonathan Rhys-Davies (LORD OF THE RINGS) will star as Saint Patrick in I AM PATRICK, a faith-based docudrama to hit theaters for one night only on March 14, 2020.
“From a life of comfort to enslavement to a faith that changed a nation, this is the true story of the saint you thought you knew,” Director Jarrod Anderson said.
According to the movie’s website, the movie will tell the true story of the man who led thousands of people to Christ in Ireland during the collapse of the Roman Empire.
In the 5th century, the Roman Empire was collapsing and barbarians threatened civilization. In Britain, a teenager named Patrick was living a comfortable life as the son of a government official. Despite being part of the Roman Catholic Church, his faith didn’t mean anything to him until he was kidnapped by pirates at the age of 16 and enslaved at the edge of the known world – Ireland.
For 6 years Patrick was forced to work as a shepherd and was driven to the brink of starvation. It was there that he turned to his Christian faith and through divine intervention managed to escape. He was reunited with his family in Britain only to have a prophetic dream calling him to take Christianity back to the land of his captivity.
Against the wishes of his family and the Church, Patrick returned as a missionary bishop to Ireland and converted thousands to Christianity. He opposed slavers, Irish kings, and possibly druids but nothing compared to the hostility he faced from his fellow Christians. After a close friend exposed a dark secret of Patrick’s, it is believed he was ordered to leave his mission and return to Britain.
Patrick had to choose – obey God or obey man?
Rhys-Davis is most known for his role as Gimli the Elf in the LORD OF THE RINGS franchise. He also voiced Evangelist in THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS cartoon that debuted in April 2019.