Chad Michael Murray joins Left Behind reboot

Actor Chad Michael Murray is joining the Left Behind movie reboot in the role of Buck Williams.

So in a sense, the reboot is exchanging a 1980s teen heartthrob for a 1990s teen heartthrob.

This is potentially exciting news as it rules out that part for Nic Cage — making it likelier that my Cage-as-Nicolae-Carpathia wish will come true. (Murray and Cage are still the only cast-members listed on the movie’s IMDB page.)

Set to kick off filming in Baton Rouge next spring, Armstrong is planning to make more of a disaster movie than the adventure-based examples that came before, working this time from a script by John Patus.

Patus previously scripted the Kirk Cameron versions of Tribulation Force and Left Behind: The World at War, as well as the perplexing direct-to-video Deceived, in which Judd Nelson seemed as baffled by the religious implications of the plot as I was watching him.

There might be a entertaining story to be told based on that movie’s formula of Contact + Hal Lindsey + The Thing, but Deceived isn’t it.

YouTube Preview Image

Still, though, “more of a disaster movie” is a promising sign. “This needs to be more of a disaster movie” is what I’ve been thinking ever since the first time I read about Rayford Steele’s oblivious stroll across the corpse-strewn tarmac.

Chad Michael Murray appeared on One Tree Hill, which I’m startled to realize ran for nine seasons on the CW. He also “got his big break on WB shows such as Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek.

(Now I’m imagining a Gilmore Girls episode in which the Rapture happens in Stars Hollow. It’d be just like every other episode of the show, except Mrs. Kim doesn’t show up for the town meeting.)

Before his big break on Gilmore, Murray had a part in another End-Times religious production: Megiddo: The Omega Code 2. I’ve seen parts of the original Omega Code, but sadly Michael York wasn’t as campy as I’d hoped he’d be as the Antichrist.

The synopsis of Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 is not promising:

At its emotional core, Megiddo is the Caine and Abel story of the two men enamored with the same woman, raised as brothers, who grew up to find themselves pitted against each other over the fate and souls of the entire world.

That single sentence manages to get at least five things wrong with the reference to Cain and Abel (while also making me wonder what “Am I my brother’s keeper?” would sound like in a cockney accent).

But the entire film is on YouTube, and I’m slightly tempted.

 

 

  • http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1 Coleslaw

    It’s going to film in Baton Rouge! Maybe I can be an extra.

  • aunursa

    making it likelier that my Cage-as-Nicolae-Carpathia wish will come true

    No.  I don’t think Nick will play Nicky.  I expect he’ll take the role of a Pan-Continental airline pilot.

  • Becca Stareyes

    At its emotional core, Megiddo is the Caine and Abel story of the two men enamored with the same woman, raised as brothers, who grew up to find themselves pitted against each other over the fate and souls of the entire world.

    Wait, so is God the woman in the ‘enamored with the same woman’?

    Well, that certainly lends an interesting take on the story…

  • http://www.registeredrunaways.wordpress.com/ Registered Runaway

    They would try to seduce us back with the likes of Chad.. and uh, Nick.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    I believe that I have seen, at least part of, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, though nothing in the description other than, “over the fate and souls of the entire world,” rings any bells, and that was (if my hazy memories are correct) in a low budget, “You need more extras,” kind of way.  Also better special effects would have been nice since I seem to recall that the ending was, “And then God saves the day,” and to pull that off you need better effects than the ones seen on Sci-Fi Saturday.

    [Added] Which is not to imply that I saw it on the Sci-Fi Channel (or SeeFee, or whatever they call themselves now) just that I feel “Sci-Fi Saturday” adequately describes a certain level of special effects, especially if you’re assuming it’s an original made for TV movie premiering in the main slot as opposed to a an older not-Sci-Fi-made film being played in the lead up to the new piece of crap which is hopefully crappy in a fun way but sometimes they were just crap crap.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    I believe that I have seen, at least part of, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, though nothing in the description other than, “over the fate and souls of the entire world,” rings any bells, and that was (if my hazy memories are correct) in a low budget, “You need more extras,” kind of way.  Also better special effects would have been nice since I seem to recall that the ending was, “And then God saves the day,” and to pull that off you need better effects than the ones seen on Sci-Fi Saturday.

    [Added] Which is not to imply that I saw it on the Sci-Fi Channel (or SeeFee, or whatever they call themselves now) just that I feel “Sci-Fi Saturday” adequately describes a certain level of special effects, especially if you’re assuming it’s an original made for TV movie premiering in the main slot as opposed to a an older not-Sci-Fi-made film being played in the lead up to the new piece of crap which is hopefully crappy in a fun way but sometimes they were just crap crap.

  • Lori

    These movies are becoming quite the Who’s Who of actors whose careers are sliding down hill and heading for the edge of the cliff. 

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele? Oh dear heavens, noooooooooo.

    D:

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele? Oh dear heavens, noooooooooo.

    D:

  • Damanoid

    Having to reboot the series for a new generation of viewers could be seen as slightly undercutting the message of “imminent Rapture,” but I guess they’ve probably dealt with this problem before.

  • Damanoid

    Having to reboot the series for a new generation of viewers could be seen as slightly undercutting the message of “imminent Rapture,” but I guess they’ve probably dealt with this problem before.

  • Lori

     Season of the Witch is on Netflix streaming. It’s as bad as you think it is.

    Just sayin’.

  • Baf

    I can totally imagine that line in Alfie. It fits the character’s attitude there to a T.

  • http://unpublishedforareason.blogspot.com/ Hannah M

    Oh, Michael York more than fulfills all camp expectations in Megiddo. Definitely worth a watch for the beautiful ludicrousness of it all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1 Coleslaw

    This is not on topic, but I keep seeing an ad at the top of the page telling me to date Christian women. Since I am a woman, and married to boot, I can only assume the ads are being placed by Satan.

    More signs that the Apocalypse is at hand, I guess.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    I can only assume the ads are being placed by Satan.

    Satan apparently has a thing for blondes. And ONLY blondes. The picture of the one token non-blonde woman is just about the tokeniest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • WalterC

    God is OK with same-sex relationships and polyamory. He kind of liberalized his position on that when He realized, like Dick Cheney, that He had a lesbian daughter. Millions of them, in fact.

  • Nicolae Carpathia

    Dang it.

  • Launcifer

    I must admit that it depresses me immensely that you would want to be protrayed by Nicholas Cage. I mean… seriously. You can’t find anyone with more panache? Or, failing that, I’d settle for someone with actual talent.

  • Jeff Weskamp

    I strongly encourage everyone here, including Fred, to watch Omega Code 2: Megiddo.  The whole thing is a laugh riot, especially when Michael York turns into a Tekken character at the Battle of Armageddon!

  • Nicolae Carpathia

    Well, my dream choice would be Bela Lugosi, but failing that, I’ll take Terrence McDonagh and Big Daddy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charity-Brighton/100002974813787 Charity Brighton

    This movie doesn’t deserve talent. What it deserves is someone who will treat the source material and subject matter with the solemn reverence that it deserves. 

    The last guy, Gordon Currie, decided to portray Carpathia as a B-movie vampire, the kind of person who would say, “I vant to saaahk your BLAAAAHHD!” He didn’t have a cape, pointed ears, or fangs but he should have. Nicholas Cage can’t be worse, and he probably would be better. 

  • EllieMurasaki

    Nice deadpan.

  • http://jamoche.dreamwidth.org/ Jamoche

    I’m getting ads for LDS Singles now – same women, but they’ve added some men.

  • Kadh2000

    odd.  never seen an ad on the site at all

  • flat

    well like the last airbender this can only lead to more publicity so mr clark will get more visitors on his blog.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    I’m sorry, what movie? There is no movie.

  • Kiba

    “I vant to saaahk your BLAAAAHHD!”

    Taps vampire bat on the nose, “No, no. That’s rude.”

    “I vant to sip your blaahd.”

    “Much better.”

    (Wish I could remember which episode of the Monkees that’s from.)

  • The_L1985

    FireFox with AdBlock? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.maki Jon Maki

    I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything that Chad Michael Murray has been in, and while I was vaguely aware that he was some sort of actor, his name always strikes me as being more suited to a Country or CCM singer.

  • Vermic

    I’m sure Cage is just happy to be playing a character named “Rayford”, as it’s the only thing he doesn’t have on his acting resume yet.  Guy takes quirky roles like he’s filling out a bingo card.  Hollywood is Cage’s Xbox game and he’s going for 100% completion.

  • AnonaMiss

    The problem with Cage isn’t that he lacks talent or subtlety. See Raising Arizona for an example of Nicolas Cage being actually pretty good. I’ve yet to see a well-directed movie in which Cage wasn’t a decent actor.

    In my opinion it’s a combination of typecasting, poor direction, and possibly descent into drug-fueled madness that has made him into the punchline he is today.

  • Lori

    It doesn’t help that he’s had so many financial problems that at this point he’ll take any job with a paycheck. That obviously leads to dealing with bad scripts and poor direction, but it also tends to lead toward phoning it in. It’s been a good long while since I’ve seen Cage actually act, as opposed to just running through his repertoire of ticks.

  • Persia

    Cage used to have talent! I don’t know where he put it, but Raising Arizona is fantastic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrandyowens Randy Owens

    Avatar, that’s the one with those blue aliens, right?  No airbending involved there.

  • Jessie

    “(Now I’m imagining a Gilmore Girls episode in which the Rapture
    happens in Stars Hollow. It’d be just like every other episode of the
    show, except Mrs. Kim doesn’t show up for the town meeting.)”

    I LOL’d.

  • Tricksterson

    Yes, well, Lilith was a shiksa.

  • Tricksterson

    The one with the vampires?

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     Yeah, but I’d think Taylor would make the cut too. He’s nasty and officious and included the giggleworthy line “Whether you believe man was created by god or by the increasingly discredited theory of evolution” in the town museum audio tour.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charity-Brighton/100002974813787 Charity Brighton

    No, you guys are thinking of “The Last Airbender”, by M. Night Shamyalan. 

    The name never made sense to me though; I mean, it’s a movie about a man with osteogenesis imperfecta who teams up with a Catholic priest and an urban mermaid to fight crime in a cloistered forest community haunted by aliens.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    He looks out of place in Rumble Fish. I just can’t help but think it when I watch that movie.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    There is no movie of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything that Chad Michael Murray has been in, and while I was vaguely aware that he was some sort of actor, his name always strikes me as being more suited to a Country or CCM singer.

    It’s hardly Mr. Murray’s fault, but his name always makes me think of Chazz Michael Michaels, Will Ferrell’s character in Blades of Glory (who got his figure skating start in the sewers of Detroit!). 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Peterson/1608524690 Gregory Peterson

    I never saw the movie. It took me a couple of chapters in the first Left Behind book to realize that it’s really a very calloused, deeply immoral, blood soaked ethnic cleansing fantasy.  What’s even worse than that; the writing is rather clunky and pedestrian. But then, for some people, the best porn stores are tawdry and seedy, so… perhaps I should have read the book with that in mind.

    My overview:
    God’s glorious supernatural born-again royal race of everything bathed in the most pure, white light, is raptured into that very exclusive, Pearly Gated community of many mansions (antebellum style?).

    Meanwhile,  the unregenerate race,  lead by soulless, inhuman darkness, gets all bloody hell thrown at it for the heinous, unforgivable sin of not doing exactly as their superior race, as God’s regents, told them they they must do, or else. Christianity as an extortion racket, with God as a divine mob boss.

    Tim LaHaye on Prophecy and the End Times.
    “Will the calendar expire and the world will end?”

    Their (the Mayan) calendar has already been called into question, and their race
    has expired, but yes, we believe the world will end in the way the
    Bible foretells it.” http://www.leftbehind.com/archiveViewer.asp?ArchiveID=104Given his obliviousness about reliable sources, his belief about the end of the world doesn’t mean anything, does it?

    Tim Lahaye is apparently comfortable with racial thinking, and in assuming the extinction of a “race” he dislikes, extinct by a European race at that. The Mayan, as a quick internet search would reveal to even the most carefully ignorant, are a fairly large group of people who definitely do still exist, despite oppression. But LaHaye seems to think they should be extinct, disappeared, as they happen to have ancient ancestors with whom he apparently sees as rivals in the religious (and lucrative), blood soaked, end of the world prophecy business.

  • Kiba

    The one with the vampires?

    I think so. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it (reruns in the 80s) and all I really remember is that part. 

  • http://twitter.com/BillHiers Bill Hiers

    All I have to say is that’s an awesome-looking AS350 Squirrel on the cover of that movie.

  • Tricksterson

    That would actually make a better movie than what was produced.

  • galleymac

    Mrs. Kim is a Seventh-day Adventist. (Well, a TV version.) Seventh-day Adventists do not believe in the “rapture.”

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventh-day_Adventist_theology

  • galleymac

    Mrs. Kim is a Seventh-day Adventist. Seventh-day Adventists do not believe in the “rapture.” They won’t even sing lines like “one of these mornings/it won’t be long/you’ll look for me/and I’ll be gone” in traditional spirituals. (Which would probably bar them from it, no?)

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventh-day_Adventist_theology

    Not that the Kims were that authentic a presentation…

  • http://willbikeforchange.wordpress.com/ storiteller

    Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele? Oh dear heavens, noooooooooo.

    I think he takes roles these days strictly based on how absolutely out-from-left-field they are.  Working with Warner Herzog was just the first sign…


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X