Cinelou Films’ Co-CEOs Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton announced today that MR. CHURCH, which stars Academy Award-nominated actor Eddie Murphy (DREAMGIRLS) and Britt Robertson (TOMORROWLAND and Hulu’s CASUAL), will debut in cinemas on Sept. 16.
MR. CHURCH, produced by Cinelou and EMA, is a touching and heartwarming drama that tells the story of a lifelong friendship that develops between a young girl (Robertson) and the cook (Murphy) hired to help care for her dying mother (Natascha McElhone). Two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford (TENDER MERCIES, DRIVING MISS DAISY) directs. The film was produced by Solomon, Canton, Lee Nelson and David Buelow. MR. CHURCH was executive produced by Shenghua Entertainment’s Yu Wei Chung, in addition to Dennis L. Pelino and Fredy Bush.
Cinelou Co-CEO Solomon said, “We are proud to be a part of Eddie Murphy’s return to the big screen, particularly because he’s playing a role so different from his previous work. It’s thrilling to see him demonstrate his incredible talent and skill with drama in MR. CHURCH.”
MR. CHURCH will be distributed domestically by Cinelou Releasing and internationally via Cinelou’s deal with Warner Bros. International. MR. CHURCH will also be available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. following the home entertainment release. Prime Video will be the exclusive subscription streaming home for the film — Prime members in the U.S. will be able to stream the film via the Amazon Video on TVs, mobile devices or online.
Two-year-old Cinelou Films’ freshman debut was CAKE, starring Jennifer Aniston, Sam Worthington, Adriana Barraza and Anna Kendrick. It garnered Golden Globes, SAG and Critics Choice Award nominations. They recently completed BURN YOUR MAPS, starring Vera Farmiga and Jacob Tremblay (Critics Choice Award Winner for ROOM). Cinelou also recently wrapped THE YELLOW BIRDS, based on the 2012 award-winning New York Times bestseller. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich (recently cast as young Han Solo) and Tye Sheridan (starring in the upcoming READY PLAYER ONE) as a pair of Army enlistees sent off to fight in the Gulf War. Jennifer Aniston, Jack Huston, Toni Collette and Jason Patric round out the ensemble drama. Cinelou also recently completed the upcoming Robert De Niro comedy-drama, helmed by Taylor Hackford and co-starring Leslie Mann.