Based on a true story and starring Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”) and Alan Ritchson (“Jack Reacher,” “Fast X”), “Ordinary Angels” was created with the hope of inspiring viewers to make a difference in their communities.
Set to be released in theaters across the nation on February 23, 2024, “Ordinary Angels” tells the story of how Sharon, played by Swank, rallies an entire community to help a widower named Ed, played by Ritchson, raise money for his youngest daughter’s liver transplant.
Despite her own struggles, “Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it,” the movie’s release reads. “What unfolds is the inspiring tale of faith, everyday miracles, and ordinary angels.”
Downes shared with ChurchLeaders that the movie was pitched to him by Lionsgate and said it has been highest tested film he has ever made.
“We make the films for audiences, and so to be able to see that and how audiences have responded in the early testing phase, it’s just really, it’s really inspiring,” he said. “I can’t wait for people to see it.”
The film’s producers hope it inspires “people to want to make a difference in their community,” Downes said. “Just taking a moment to be able to spark a conversation that could lead to something even greater than we could ever imagine.”
“So that’s the hope coming out of it is that people will be first and foremost entertained,” Downes went on to say. “We’re making movies to entertain people but also move them in a way that they never thought that was possible.”
Downes said that dozens of pastors who have previewed the film told him that “Ordinary Angels” is the most “important film that you’ve ever made because my church is full of ordinary people.”