First Trailer and Poster for HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Starring Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly [Updated with Images]

     November 15, 2013


TriStar Pictures has released the first trailer for director Randall Wallace’s adaptation of the Todd Burpo book Heaven Is for Real.  The faith-based film revolves around a young boy who, after a near-death experience, begins recounting his time in heaven with facts that stun his family and friends.  While most Christian-centered films are relegated to tiny budgets and unrecognizable faces both in front of and behind the camera, Heaven Is for Real boasts an impressive ensemble led by Greg Kinnear that includes Kelly Reilly (Flight), Thomas Haden Church, and Margo Martindale, and Wallace was behind the screenplay for Braveheart and most recently directed the uplifting horse racing story Secretariat.  This film is sentimental by nature and there’s plenty of that on display in this trailer, but it also appears to explore the interesting angle of how the young boy’s stories affect the adults around him.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the film’s poster.  Heaven Is for Real opens in theaters Easter weekend, April 16, 2014. [Update: We've added some new images as well.]





  • Mars

    If there wasn’t such a large market for religious propaganda from the Christian right, this film would be on at 5:00 AM on the Hallmark Channel.

    • thatguy

      …Because the man who wrote Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Pearl Harbor, The Man in the Iron Mask, directed several of those as well as Secretariat couldn’t POSSIBLY make an excellent film that could stand on its own merit. You’re a bitter jerk who hates Christianity and that is an opinion you are perfectly entitled to have. However it has NOTHING to do with the quality of this film and frankly nobody comes here to read about how much some stranger on the internet hates other people’s religions.

    • Merlin235

      If there wasn’t such a large market for comic book films, they’d be on at midnight on the Sci-Fi network.

      What’s your point?

    • Sean Chandler

      Yeah I love all of those 5:00 am Hallmark Channel movies with an Oscar caliber writer-director, Oscar caliber lead, and Oscar caliber supporting cast.

      • El actor secundario Bob

        You only need an Oscar caliber paycheck and can have Sir Ben Kingsley playing an idiot, i.e: Iron Man 3 or The Love Guru. Any other question?

      • Sean Chandler

        I’m not saying it’s going to be good. The plot may resemble Hallmark movies, but it’s certain to be pinnacle of Hallmark movies.

  • El actor secundario Bob

    God isn’t real and death is the end. Good night, everybody!

    • The Flobbit

      That is your opinion and you’re entitled to it. Good night!

  • The Flobbit

    OK, now I am a Christian, and I firmly believe in God and the afterlife (deal with it). Having said that, I have always been skeptical of this story. Heck, reading the book, the kid does not say ONE new thing that is not in The Bible. He’s a PREACHER’S KID – it’s clear that he picked up stuff from his dad’s work and regurgitated them super cutely and all.

    I remain with an open mind. Perhaps Colton Burpo (Worst. Name. EVER.) actually went to heaven, perhaps he didn’t. The fact remains that we know an awful little about God and the afterlife, and that’s the long and the short of it.

    • Gojiro

      We do know a lot about god and the afterlife. Read Chapter Ten of Plato’s Republic. A Greek soldier who almost died of his wounds, but recovered traveled to the afterlife and saw the souls going to Heaven and Hades. It’s based on a real story and it’s True. He describes things about the afterlife that no one knew existed.

      • The Flobbit

        There have been many, countless experiences of individuals going into heaven and returning. They usually describe seeing a bright light, a dark tunnel, and finally peace. Memories and flashbacks also play a large part.

        Are these true? Almost certainly some are. Are they all true? Absolutely not.

      • Gojiro

        So we should discount the Ancient Greeks version and experience of Heaven, but not the young Christian boy? What about the Hindu who swears he saw Shiva or the Japanese that briefly visits Amaterasu Okami?

      • The Flobbit

        No, we should not discount them but take them with a grain of salt…

  • doctor_robot

    where’s kirk cameron?

  • jesuswasajedi

    Am I just weird? I am not religious, but the trailer looked decent. Christian or atheist, it might just be a decent movie with a decent story…

  • stylus59

    contrary to popular belief, this trailer is actually good for this kind of film

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