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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Jonathan Roumie Prays "Jesus Revolution" Leads Viewers to Know Christ "on a Deeper Level"

The star of "The Chosen" plays a dynamic preacher in this film about the Jesus Movement from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Jonathan Roumie plays street preacher Lonnie Frisbee in a scene from "Jesus Revolution."
Jonathan Roumie portrays street preacher Lonnie Frisbee in a scene from "Jesus Revolution." Image: Kingdom Story Company/Lionsgate.

Jesus Revolution, which hits theaters nationwide next week, tells the true story of the last great revival in America. It started in Southern California and was spearheaded by a local pastor named Chuck Smith and a street preacher named Lonnie Frisbee who teamed up to welcome into the Church youthful members of the counterculture movement, including Frisbee's fellow hippies.

A promotional poster for the 2023 movie "Jesus Revolution."
A promotional poster for "Jesus Revolution." Image: Kingdom Story Company/Lionsgate.

This is the latest movie from the Christian duo of Andrew and Jon Erwin - the former is producer and the latter co-writer and co-director - and it is based on a book by the same name from well-known pastor Greg Laurie, who came to faith during that revival. His character is played by Joel Courtney, while Kelsey Grammer and Jonathan Roumie portray Smith and Frisbee, respectively.

The 48-year-old Roumie, who describes himself as a born again Catholic, calls playing Frisbee "a dream," because he identifies with the late preacher's "gifts of the Spirit" and "love for Christ." In an interview with the Catholic News Agency, Roumie - best known for portraying Jesus in the hit streaming series The Chosen - added he enjoyed the challenge of playing a person who was also flawed (Frisbee battled drug addiction among other things), and he hopes that his performance impacts moviegoers for the Kingdom.

"I just pray that I've done him justice and that people will walk away from the film feeling that they want to get to know Jesus on a deeper level."

Jesus Revolution is scheduled to release on February 24th and you can find a theater in your area and purchase tickets via this link to the movie's website. The trailer below will give you a better sense of what to expect in the meantime.


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