Heaven Is for Real may be a spiritual tale, but it’s not solely for people of faith.
Based on Nebraska Pastor Todd Burpo’s best-selling book, the film re-creates the true account of his young son’s insistence that he’s visited heaven. We Were Soldiers and Secretariat director Randall Wallace was tasked with bringing the tale to the big screen, which stars Greg Kinnear as Todd, Kelly Reilly as his wife Sonja, and newcomer Connor Corum as their son Colton.
“I’m amazed it got to me,” Wallace told EW of Burpo’s book. “I’ve been around churches all my life and I’ve been exposed to a lot of material that would be categorized as inspirational. Most of the stuff is anything but inspirational for me. But I found this story to have an incredible intrigue and emotional power,” he said. “It speaks to the cynic in most of us.”
EW got an exclusive first look at the film, which hits theaters on April 16, 2014.