Nearly two decades ago, Anne Hathaway starred in her first feature film, The Other Side of Heaven, about an American couple who ventured to Tonga to work as missionaries. The movie was a pioneer in the faith-based film genre, and after its theatrical run, Disney picked it up and sold over 4 million DVDs.
Now, the movie’s sequel, “The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith” is being released (June 28, 2019). Though Anne Hathaway doesn’t appear in the new film, Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty and Covert Affairs) reprises his role as John Groberg, and his wife is played by New Zealand actress Natalie Medlock.
Find out more on the film’s website here.
Summary: John Groberg returns to Tonga for his second round of missionary adventures, this time bringing his wife and family. When their son is born critically ill, the Grobergs face the ultimate test of their faith, only to find themselves surrounded by the love and prayers of thousands of Tongans of all denominations. Barriers of interreligious strife (the Grobergs are Mormons) are broken down as an entire nation unites in hopes of a miracle that will save the baby’s life, as well as that of a Tongan minister’s son who is in a coma in an adjacent hospital room.
The movie is from Two Road Productions, founded by Mitch Davis in 1995, which also made the first pic as well as titles like Christmas Eve starring Patrick Stewart and Language of the Enemy starring F. Murray Abraham. Davis is producing and directing the sequel.
“John Groberg’s true-life story among the Tongan people is incredible. It sells itself. But there was so much of that story we were unable to fit into the first installment,” said Davis.
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