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New Film Offers First Openly Atheist Hero

July 8, 2011

The CNN BeliefBlog reported on a new feature-length thriller being released in Los Angeles and New York this week called The Ledge, which IMDb calls “a thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills.” The film’s producer, Matthew Chapman, a staunch atheist, says the film features Hollywood’s first openly atheist hero, and “his mission is to help create a more positive image for atheism, which he says is often misunderstood and maligned.” The film features an A-list cast including Liv Tyler, Terrence Howard, and Patrick Wilson and tells the story of a conservative Christian husband and an atheist who seduced the religious man’s Christian wife. “I didn’t make the film for atheists, but for people in the middle of the country questioning what it’s all about,” Chapman said. The film was nominated for Best Drama at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  

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