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“The Ultimate Cast for Our Case” by Lee Strobel

Source: The Case For Christ – Official Website

I have new respect for actors and actresses after watching the making of THE CASE FOR CHRIST. Our cast has taken Brian Bird’s screenplay and made it come vibrantly alive through their sincere and authentic performances.

Mike Vogel, who plays me, is a great example. I had never met Mike before he was recruited for the film, although a good friend of mine knows Mike’s father and grandfather. Still, we had an instant connection. Mike is a committed Christian and had a passion for this role. And other than sporting a moustache that I’ve never been able to grow, he does a terrific job in portraying me. (Yes, I did have hair like that back in 1980!)

And Erika Christensen is phenomenal in playing Leslie. She manages to bring out Leslie’s feistiness and tenderness at the same time. There are a couple of things that she does, gestures and inflections of her voice, that are so much like Leslie that it just takes me aback. I remember before we did the film, we talked to Erika quite a bit and gave her some insights into our lives and our marriage. Leslie chatted with her at length.

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We even gave Erika and Mike audio recordings of the two of us saying all of the movie lines so they could hear the inflection in our voices and how a Chicagoan would say particular words. They incorporated all of that into the film. Because Mike and Erika have acted together in other films, they were comfortable with each other. They already had great rapport, which is evident on the screen.

Continue to read the full Blog Post at The Official Website for The Case For Christ

Behind The Scenes of “The Case For Christ”

Pureflix have added a 3 minutes Behind The Scenes-montage to their Official Website for “The Case For Christ”. Check it out down below. The montage includes glimps from behind the scenes, interviews with Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Russ Blackwell, Robert Forster, the Screenwriter Brian Bird, Director Jon Gunn and Lee Strobel himself.

Mike on “The Case for Christ” and playing Lee Strobel

Source: Patheos.com

Mike Vogel fought aliens in the television series “Under The Dome”, comforted his lonely wife in “The Help”, and tangled with Norman Bates in “Bates Motel”. His latest challenge? Time-traveling back to the early 80s and stepping into the shoes of noted journalist-turned-apologist Lee Strobel in the big-screen adaptation of “The Case for Christ”.

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Releasing April 7 from Pure Flix Entertainment, the film centers on Lee’s personal crusade against Christianity after his wife, Leslie (Erika Christensen), converts, putting their otherwise-happy atheist home in disarray. Vogel, a believer who counts Strobel among his greatest spiritual influences, capably captures a man torn between his love for his wife and his mind trying to make sense of it all. During a set visit, Vogel spoke to Reel Faith’s DeWayne Hamby about making the transition and how he was offered the role.

Earlier, someone was talking about how it was a random encounter at a church how someone came to you that got you connected with this film in North Carolina?

Mike: I guess when we were doing Under The Dome, apparently I ran into Karl (Hortsman’s) daughter there one day. We were going to a church up in Wilmington called PC3 and we miss it. It was great. Atlanta natives, they all came from Northpoint and started the church in Wilmington while we were doing Under The Dome. Almost the whole cast was going and it was really neat. I ran into Karl’s daughter, she goes to school up there.

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Since you met Lee, what do you see in him that you were able to bring to this character?

Mike: The toughest thing has been the accent. That’s going to be an imperfect science. Literally from the time I got the film to the time I started shooting was four days. Fortunately, the cool thing for me is Lee has been one of those guys, when you think of the guys of the pillars of the faith that you want to meet, he’s one of them. I think just getting the opportunity to take on his story, to have his blessing and his guidance in it. It’s a very tough thing when you do a film about your life to open that up and trust someone with it. But I said to him, I don’t want to make this a squeaky clean thing, because it wasn’t squeaky clean. It never is squeaky clean. It’s a tough thing to be confronted with your demons sometimes when you see them come to life again, but the payoff in the end is more than worth it.

How does it feel to be in this faith-based film?

Mike: Being in the industry for as long as I’ve been, there is a stigma about faith-based film. And I don’t think it should exist. I don’t think it has any right to exist. We serve the ultimate Artist, the ultimate Creator. I think if people don’t want to go see a film because of a message, I totally get that. That’s one thing. But what they should never be able to do is say it’s sub-par quality. I think that’s been my prayer heading into this, ‘God, what do you want this to be?’ Every scene that we do, there are no small scenes, there are no easy scenes. What You want on that screen, that’s what we want to be. Hopefully we’re doing that. Jon Gunn, the director, is just good and he’s got a great vision for this thing and it’s a tall order, because it’s a period piece. To stay true to that has been challenging at times. But I think we’re doing it.

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I noticed in the clips today that you said you read The Case for Christ as a teenager. To me, that’s a unique angle, even beyond the chance meeting at a church. Could you talk about your journey and how that book impacted you and how, being a believer and doing the craft, how it has impacted you?

Mike: The book has been a huge influence of my life and many other friends’ lives as well. It’s one of the first resources, there are several resources I point people to when they’re searching, when they’re asking questions. Tim Keller’s another one and John Eldredge, Ravi Zacharias. I read this book when I was in Bible college, when I had the biggest shakeup of my faith surprisingly. I wasn’t expecting it. At a time when I was questioning most things, as a big history buff, to see historical evidence like that laid out, it helped to solidify my faith at a time when it was on shaky ground. As I said, it’s been a resource to point others to. It’s helped in many a time of questioning myself that I can go back to it from a factual basis. To see it laid out the way that Lee saw it laid out, it’s been a huge thing in my life.

“The Case For Christ” – Church Kit Videos: View 4 Movie Clips

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Hello friends! We’ve got some awesome news for you all! Outreach.com has added 4 Movie Clips of “The Case For Christ” onto their Website! These Movie Clips belongs with their Church Kit Campaign, so go visit the Site and check them out! Mike’s performance in this film is beyond words, and we love seeing Mike and Erika on screen together again.

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Update: Our gallery is updated with Screen Captures from the 4 Movie Scenes. Check them out below.

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Movie Productions → The Case For Christ (2017)  Church Kit Videos Screen Captures

Mike Vogel to Topline NBC Military Drama “For God And Country”

Source: Hollywoodreporter.com

NBC’s military drama has found its leading man. The “Under The Dome” alum will star in the pilot from writer Dean Georgaris. “Under The Dome” grad Mike Vogel is set to topline the network’s pilot “For God And Country”, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama is a heart-pounding look into the complex world of the bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.

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Vogel will star as Michael Dalton, the commander of the ISA-special operations group who is responsible for getting back a kidnapped American doctor. The character will do whatever it takes to make sure no foreign nation gets away with harming Americans. The project’s theme hits close to home for Vogel as both of his grandfathers fought in World War II.

Feature scribe Dean Georgaris is set to pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television drama alongside Keshet’s Avi Nir, Peter Graugott and Rachel Kaplan.

For Vogel, the casting brings him back into the Universal Television fold following an arc on the studio’s A&E drama “Bates Motel”. His credits also include “Childhood’s End”, “Pan Am”, “Miami Medical” and “Grounded for Life”. He is repped by Gersh and GEF Entertainment.

“The Case For Christ” Movie Stills & “Wild Man” Artwork

Pureflix released a bunch of Movie Stills from Mike’s latest project “The Case For Christ” the other day, and we have now added them to the gallery. We also added the first Artwork for “Wild Man”. Check them out by clicking the links or thumbnails below.

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Movie Productions → The Case For Christ  Movie Stills
Movie Productions → Wild Man Artwork

“Wild Man” to premiere at the Cinequest Film & VR Festival!

The good news keeps coming, Vogelholics! We can finally announce that Mike’s 2nd Movie Project for 2017, “Wild Man”, will premiere at the Cinequest Film & VR Festival on March 3rd! Go grab your Tickets by clicking here or the picture below.

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The movie stars Ted Welch (“The Help”), George Dalton (“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”), Christine Woods (“Perfect Couples”), Mike Vogel (“Under The Dome”) and Kate Upton (“The Other Woman”).

“The Case For Christ” – Brand New Trailer

Source: USA Today

Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel’s 1998 best-selling book “The Case for Christ” heads to the screen April 7, with its first trailer revealed on USAToday.com. Mike Vogel plays Strobel as a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter in 1980, when Strobel begins to investigate Christianity, compelled by his wife Leslie’s (Erika Christensen) newfound faith.

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The search leads to life-altering results. Case for Christ features Faye Dunaway as skeptic Dr. Roberta Walters and Robert Forster as Strobel’s father Walter. “It’s been an incredible journey, not only to go from atheism to faith, but to see the raw reality of our lives played out on film”, Strobel says. “In the end, it’s our hope that everyone who sees it will take their own faith journey”.

Pre-order “The Case For Christ” Merchandise!

People in the US and Canada are now able to pre-order “The Case For Christ” Merchandise on Outreach.com (If you live outside the US and Canada you need to contact the custom service). Items will start shipping on March 3.

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Church Kit Includes: A resource DVD with 4 clips from the film, 4 Customizable sermons, a Campaign Planning Guide, PowerPoint templates and bulletin insert templates, Web and social media graphics, Sample invitation tools and A 4-week DVD-based Study Kit with video clips, Study and Leader’s Guide.

Study Kit Includes: A Resource DVD with 4 clips from the film (These clips are identical to the clips included in the church kit), Study Guide and Leader’s Guide, Digital Resources: Social media graphics, bulletin insert template, and small group signup sheet.

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Please take note that the Original movie is not featured in this Merch session. The DVDs in the different kits includes only 4 clips from the movie. The release date for DVD and Blu-Ray will be announced later.

On the Set of “The Case For Christ” | BTS Pictures #3

Mike has now filmed his final scene for “The Case For Christ” production. Brian Bird, the screenplay writer of “The Case For Christ”, went on Twitter last night and shared another On Set-picture of Mike from behind the scenes. “The Case For Christ” premieres Nationwide on April 7.

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