Nicolas Cage Misses the Rapture in First LEFT BEHIND Trailer

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The first Left Behind trailer has been released for director Vic Armstrong’s adaptation of the bestselling book series by authors Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.  This is the second feature film adaptation of the first Left Behind book, and this iteration stars Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele, a pilot who is flying a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture, a Biblically derived event in which Christians are called to heaven while non-believers remain on Earth to face the Apocalypse.  This teaser trailer doesn’t offer much by way of footage, but it certainly looks like an independently produced disaster film. Portions resemble a Lifetime Original Movie, while others don’t look half bad. Whatever the case, this should make for another curious entry in Cage’s eclectic filmography.

Hit the jump to watch the Left Behind trailer.  The film also stars Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson, Jordin Sparks, Cassi Thompson, Nicky Whelan, Quinton Aaron, and Martin Klebba and opens in theaters on October 3rd.

Watch the Left Behind trailer below via the film’s Facebook page.

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  • timmy

    love that you can see the green screen spill on the cockpit interior, quality work right there.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I believe this is an ABC original. It honestly has the quality of a tv film.

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  • bidi

    i haven’t decided which is worse: the trailer or the poster

  • Marissa Evans

    I totally remember seeing the first adaptation in Sunday school when it first came out.

    • brNdon

      And somehow the production quality is equally bad in this one.

  • brNdon

    That poster is atrocious.

    • The Flobbit

      I believe it was actually made in Microsoft Powerpoint. Nic Cage is the latest casualty of the “Exorcist neck twist*”.

      *See Gwenyth Paltrow in Iron Man 3, and Natalie Portman in Thor 2

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    The premise sounds interesting. I’m hoping Cage is being more selective with his work now that his taxes have been paid off but this just looks cheap. The guy really is a good actor but just started to whore himself out after his debt was off the charts.

    • Polarboy

      Yeah how much tax does he owe exactly.

      • The Flobbit

        Several hundred thousand dollars. He bought a fleet of fancy cars, an island, several houses, motorcycles, and a dinosaur skull.

        And then he takes it out on us by giving us crappy movies to pay off the debt!

    • The Flobbit

      When you got your hopes up about Joe…you get this.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Exactly. He really is great when he chooses his projects wisely (Adaptation & Matchstick Men are 2 of my Nic Cage Favs) but a part of me think that he really just likes to live such a lavish lifestyle that he has to keep taking these crappy film in between.

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Nicolas Cage has voluntarily placed himself in the position to have a performance described as “not as good as Kirk Cameron’s”. That’s depressing.

  • Armond White is my master now

    Nic Cage REALLY needs the money, right? Faith based movies are like the cinematic version of military marches…

  • The Flobbit

    Nic Cage on the poster looks like: What the hell am I doing here?

  • enderandrew

    FWIW, as someone who actually reads the Bible, I’ve never once seen the Rapture mentioned in the Bible. It is a modern invention of men who decided that since the Church isn’t really mentioned in Revelations, that must mean they all went up to Heaven before anything bad happens. The logic and reasoning is that God wouldn’t want bad things to happen to his followers, so they leave before anything bad happens.

    Those poor saps haven’t read the Bible. In it, God’s most devout followers routinely have horrible things happen to them in life.

    • The Flobbit

      You couldn’t be more wrong. The word “rapture” may never be mentioned in the Bible, but it is certainly present, and is far from a modern invention. The Ancient Latin uses the word rapio to describe it, which means to take up. So the word “rapture” is steeped in history.

      Secondly, you will want to read 1 Thessolonians 4 and 5, where you will see these words: “The lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.”

      Thirdly, the Church is indeed mentioned in Revelations. Numerous times. You clearly need to brush-up on your Bible.

      Lastly, bad things do happen to those who follow God, and that is the entire point of it. I won’t go into a theological debate, but I can give you numerous answers to this question from: “God does it to test us”, “Bad things happen because of sin”, to “sh-t happens.”

      You really need to read the Bible again. There are numerous references to the fact that the plagues and apocalypses are directed towards evil, not the followers of God.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Because my “like” button never seems to work on this site I figured that I would write “LIKE” for this comment. Best yet.

    • dr lazurus

      …uh…that’s “revelation”, the book is one event.

  • YodaRocks

    Whoa. Nic Cage. What happened?
    Really, what happened? Why? I know you from Face-off, what happened?

  • Neo Racer

    lmao a pile of clothes..

    • David Wilkinson

      Because everyone in Heaven is naked….you know for the celebratory orgy.

  • Steven

    Last year he had brilliant The Frozen Ground and Joe recently. Cage this is a step back.

    That poster however is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. It looks like Nicolas Cages face has been Photoshoped on someone else’s head and body.

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      The man has bills to pay and Ghost Rider 3 isn’t coming anytime soon!

  • eternalozzie

    I can’t believe they are making this zealot propaganda film … again. Were Kirk Cameron or Angus T Jones not available so they went with Cage?

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    1. Why does every movie based on a religious-themed book has to place the “based on the new york times best-seller”? Never seen the “worldwide best-seller” or at least the “U.S. national best-seller” just “NYT best-seller”. I’m not US native so please help me with this: is the “new york times” a quality list for best-sellers?

    2. Why does Nicolas Cage’s face in the poster look like “WTF are you saying?”

    PS: I hoped they tone down a bit the “religious preaching” the original movie had (I watched it by accident on cable… it looked kinda interesting until the last part where it turned into a 2 hour TV evangelist nonsense)… but after seeing the trailer it seems they brought it up!

    • The Flobbit

      The New York Times compiles the definitive best seller list on the planet. It is the most important, and quite frankly, really the ONLY important best seller list that matters. So yes, it is a quality list for best sellers.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Thanks for the info, I really did not know that.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        Also to be clear though – to make it on the NYT Best Seller List, you really only need to sell about 10-20,000 copies. Jim Gaffigan had a pretty great rant about that on his latest appearance on the Nerdist Podcast

    • brNdon

      2. Answer: Because Chad Michael Murray looks like he just farted.

  • JediGrandmaster

    That looks like the poster of a police procedural show

  • Jesse!

    oh man that might be the greatest poster I’ve ever seen… lol

    btw, remember all the shit that people used to give Cuba Gooding Jr and that “he should have to give his Oscar back to the academy”?
    I see your Cuba and I raise you one Cage.

  • wil9000

    What I always say about these books and films is that they seem to exist in a world where nobody has ever seen the Book of Revelation, and don’t seem to notice when everything is happening exactly as it says in the book. People would notice. It’s never going to happen, not like that, not at all. It’s just a fundie wet dream that those they have deemed wicked will be punished, first on earth and then in hell. Sick.

  • dogbert

    I can’t wait for the episode of How Did This Get Made that’s dedicated to this once and future classic.

  • TJbahstan

    I had a really bad day, hours cut back at work, extremem traffic gridlock, dog had to go to the vet suddenly….. then I saw this poster and just laughed so hard from Cage’s expression.
    How did all of the producers and marketing people look at this and say, ‘yep, that’s the one.’
    Thanks for the badly needed laugh but you need to go back to the drawing board!

  • J.R.

    Wow!………..

  • killedbydeath

    oh…..my….god…now this is some funny shit.

  • Clay

    I LOVE THIS POSTER. It’s a joke that isn’t in on itself.

  • Doug_101

    Wow. That looks…really bad. Yikes.

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    …wait wait wait… this is an Asylum Movie that’s going to appear on SYFY and ultimately be the next Rifftrax Live event isn’t it?

  • Giles from Buffy

    I honestly thought this was a comedy from looking at the poster.

  • Jamesy

    That looked horrible, the poster seriously looks like a comedy given the expressions on everyone’s faces. Soon as I seen the poster I got a strong “The Worlds End” vibe. Thing is, if this was a comedy and it had Cage just being batsh*t crazy with a story centred around the Rapture, in a black comedy type of way…it would work so much better.

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  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Ha! Now that explains something that bugged me: how the hell are you in “the most respected best-seller list in the world” and we never ever heard of that book!

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Nice article man, thank for the clarification! Now I understand why it’s always the NYT best-seller list LOL

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    He didn’t say the Bible was written in Latin. This is most obvious since he said the word Rapture isn’t in the Bible, AND THEN referenced a word for rapture in the latin. He said the “Ancient Latin” which I would guess he’s referring to the Vulgate. The point is that the idea isn’t just a modern invention.

    More importantly, even the most liberal and critical scholars don’t argue that the Bible was written primarily 100′s of years after the death of Jesus (not to mention that 3/4s of the Bible was written in Hebrew). Claiming so isn’t dealing with facts or history.

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