ORDINARY ANGELS Focuses on ‘Community, Coming Together,’ Director Says

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ORDINARY ANGELS Focuses on ‘Community, Coming Together,’ Director Says

By Movieguide® Contributor

Director Jon Gunn says his latest project, ORDINARY ANGELS, is full of hope, joy and community. 

“It’s interesting how stories make their way to you,” he told Movieguide®. “With ORDINARY ANGELS, I was in the midst of doing a slate of movies with Lionsgate [like AMERICAN UNDERDOG, I STILL BELIEVE and JESUS REVOLUTION] and in the midst of that relationship, they came to me and said, ‘We have a project we really love that we feel would be a good fit.’”

According to the movie’s website, ORDINARY ANGELS “centers on Sharon (Hilary Swank), a fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed (Alan Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it. What unfolds is the inspiring tale of faith, everyday miracles, and ordinary angels.”

Gunn read the script and instantly connected with the story of community.

“The true story was kind of hard to believe, you know?” he said. “It’s one of my favorite combinations where it’s got real life issues, real stakes. It’s not a movie that has easy answers, but it’s got so much hope and so much joy at the heart of it, and so I really enjoy that balance.”

The director called ORDINARY ANGELS “uplifting and hopeful,” adding, “This is a movie about community, coming together, and it’s a story about how helping other people can help us heal ourselves.”

Gunn and Ritchson spoke to Christian Headlines about the themes of ORDINARY ANGELS, calling the movie “a call to action,” while the REACHER star said, “This is a story that inspires us to really remember that we’re only as good as the community that we have around us. I want to be a part of stories like that.”

Check out the rest of Movieguide®’s interview with Gunn here:

Movieguide® previously reported on ORDINARY ANGELS:

The moviemakers behind JESUS REVOLUTION have announced their next movie: ORDINARY ANGELS.

The movie will star Hilary Swank (MILLION DOLLAR BABY, LOGAN LUCKY) and Alan Ritchson (REACHER, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE) and will be directed by Jon Gunn (THE CASE FOR CHRIST).

“The story of Sharon Stevens and the Schmitt family is a powerful reminder that helping others is how we heal ourselves,” Gunn said. “I can’t think of a message I’d rather share with the world right now, and I’m honored to be telling it with such a fearless and talented cast.”

Swank was drawn to the movie “because it’s such a powerful reminder that angels reside everywhere among us,” she said. “And the faith, hope, grit and positivity are all powerful fuels for miracles.”