Fox News host Sean Hannity, an unabashed fan of President-elect Donald Trump, is shifting gears from his earnest effort to get the billionaire businessman elected and setting his sights on movie production.
Hannity has teamed up with Kevin Sorbo, known best for his role as Hercules in the TV series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," to executive produce "Let There Be Light," a faith-based film akin to movies like "God's Not Dead" and "Heaven Is for Real," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shortly after the plan for the movie was hatched, Sorbo, his wife, Sam, and screenwriter Dan Gordon flew from Los Angeles to New York to meet with Hannity to pitch the project. Within an hour, the group had struck a deal. The film is now in postproduction and scheduled for a November 2017 release.
And this isn't the only movie Hannity plans to work on, according to insiders who said the right-wing commentator is currently pursuing other projects.
In "Let There Be Light," Sorbo will portray a world-renowned atheist whose beliefs are challenged. For the "Hercules" star, this is nothing new. He played a similar role in 2014's "God's Not Dead," the $2 million production that earned a surprising $61 million in the box office and led to the sequel, "God's Not Dead 2," which made $21 million.
In addition to Sorbo, the movie stars the TV actor's wife, who co-wrote the script with Gordon, and their two young sons, who have been training under former "Baywatch" star Erika Eleniak. Sorbo said his children's performances "blew me away" and noted the cash he is saving by casting them in the film.
"It's been likened to 'Ghost' meets 'Heaven Is for Real,' with a dash of 'God's Not Dead,'" Sorbo told The Hollywood Reporter of the film, which was produced on a $3 million budget."
In Hollywood, Sorbo, who has been involved in Christian filmmaking for several years, said that being linked to faith-based productions is not always good for actors' résumés.
"Hollywood can be a very superficial place but then again, so is the world," he said. "I choose not to focus on whatever negatives that might arise from my taking a stand for what I believe in, because our beliefs are what make us human. I couldn't be the actor I am without knowing what I stand for."
Hannity is slated to interview Sorbo during his 10 p.m. EST show on Fox News Wednesday night.