Coming to Theaters: Left Behind 2, Featuring Nicolas Cage

Report Date: July 24, 2014

In Theaters October 2014


Left Behind is an upcoming American apocalyptic thriller film directed by Vic Armstrong and written by Paul LaLonde and John Patus.[2] It is based on the series of novels of same name, written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, and is a reboot of Left Behind: The Movie, which is based on the idea of a pre-tribulation Rapture. The film is set for an October 3, 2014 release.

Based on the New York Times bestseller “Left Behind” by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Left Behind follows the “Tribulation Force” in the few hours following the “Rapture”

Without warning, millions of people around the globe simply vanish. All that remains are their clothes and belongings.

The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. And there is no one to help or provide answers. In an instant, the earth has been plunged into darkness.

For Ray Steele (Nicolas Cage), the pilot of a jumbo jet, it means trying to calm his hysterical passengers who saw loved ones vanish before their eyes. It also means trying to land his damaged plane when every airport is jammed with burning wrecks, all while wishing that he could talk to his family one last time.

For Buck Williams (Chad Michael Murray), the world-renowned journalist trapped at 30,000 feet, it means a struggle to understand the incomprehensible, the most devastating event in history.

And for Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson), Ray’s daughter back on the ground, it means trying to find her mother and brother. Lost in a post-apocalyptic landscape, she is forced to head home through a world where despair and rage rule the day. This is the story of the Rapture, the story of those left behind.[3]



On August 7, 2008, Cloud Ten Pictures announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement resolving the two lawsuits against it and Namesake Entertainment, which co-produced the films. The suit was filed by Tim LaHaye. The settlement ended a legal dispute over the Left Behind film rights that began in 2000.[7]

On October 1, 2010 Cloud Ten Pictures again restored the rights of the film.[8] Cloud Ten Pictures has announced that they are rebooting the Left Behind film series. It was in the news that they have better plans on making the remake of the big-budgeted theatrically released film series based on the novel Left Behind.[9] On October 31, 2011, it was reported by the news that Paul LaLonde and John Patus who worked on the 2005 Left Behind: World at War together, have written a screenplay for the remake disaster film.[10] On October 19, 2012, it was reported in The Hollywood Reporter that the stunt artist Vic Armstrong is set to direct the reboot film with the budget around $15 million.[2]


On October 19, 2012, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Nicolas Cage was in talks to join the cast as a lead actor.[4] He portrays the lead role of Rayford Steele in the film.[11] In December 2012, it was reported that Chad Michael Murray was in talks to join the cast, to play the role of a journalist Cameron “Buck” Williams.[5][12] On January 3, 2013 Ashley Tisdale joined to play the role of Chloe Steele in the film.[13][14] In March 2013, Tia Mowry was in talks to join the cast of the film, later she joined.[15] It was announced on August 9 that Ashley Tisdale dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. At that time, it was also announced that Jordin Sparks had signed on to join the cast. Sparks’ character is named Shasta.[16] On August 13, Cassi Thomson joined the lead cast, replacing Tisdale as Chloe Steele.[6] On August 19, 2013, Olympic bobsledder and hurdler Lolo Jones was announced as a cast member, portraying an airport gate attendant.[17] On September 9, 2013, Lea Thompson was announced to portray Rayford Steele’s wife, Irene.[18]

The character Nicolae Carpathia will not appear in the film.[19]