Easily one of the strangest trailers I’ve seen in awhile came a couple of days ago. It was for “Father Stu”, a nearly impossible to define drama that sees Mark Wahlberg go from a womanizing boxer to an upright Catholic priest. Yep, you heard me right. The film is written and directed by Rosalind Ross and features a supporting cast that’s anchored by Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver. Clearly it’s set as a redemption story, but the weirdness of Wahlberg playing a priest is tough to get past.
The film tells the real-life story of the late Fr. Stuart Long. As mentioned, it’s a story of redemption that also seeks to inspire. Long‘s journey from fighter to friar begins when he meets and is instantly smitten with a Sunday school teacher Carmen (Teresa Ruiz). A terrible motorcycle accident leaves him worried that he has lost his second chance at life. But he soon realizes that he can still help and inspire others despite his deteriorating health. Obviously there is some good dramatic material here. Hopefully Wahlberg can pull it off.
“Father Stu” hits theaters April 15th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.