Scott Eastwood, the son of famed Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood, is set to star in a new Christian film "The Perfect Wave," set for a July 11 release in select theaters.
Director Bruce Macdonald has described the movie as "a 'love story with four pillars:' a mother's love, a young man's love for surfing, first love, and most importantly, God's love."
He added, "This film shares the amazing story of God's plan for Ian's life and reminds viewers that no matter how far you run, you can never outrun God's love."
The plot follows Ian McCormack, who grew up surfing the waters of New Zealand, and journeys looking for adventure to challenging destinations throughout Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa. During one evening swim, he is stung multiple times by the deadly box jellyfish and pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital. Ian "miraculously awakens" following a divine post-mortem encounter, however, and is transformed with a new understanding of life.
The film, which opened earlier this year in South Africa, has received praise from some viewers, including Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California.
"I'm very inspired by this film. There is a terrific spirit of adventure and an important reminder that you just have to trust God and go for it. Not to mention the film captures the beauty of some of the best surf spots in the world," Rohrabacher said.
Jim Young of Crossroads Church UMC in Jacksonville, Florida added: "'The Perfect Wave' is a strong witness to the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. It is excellent for youth groups, college and career, as well as the whole family."
Eastwood is a rising star in Hollywood and has already played roles in critically acclaimed films such as "Gran Torino" and "Flags of Our Fathers," and has been cast as the lead of the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks best-selling novel The Longest Ride for summer 2015.
"The Perfect Wave," produced by production company Divine Inspiration, also stars Rachel Hendrix ("October Baby") and Cheryl Ladd ("Charlie's Angels").
Christian and faith-based films have performed well at the box office this year, with Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" taking in over $350 million worldwide, while "God's Not Dead," "Heaven Is for Real" and the Roma Downey and Mark Burnett-produced "Son of God" all staying in the top 10 at the box office for several weeks.
"The Perfect Wave" is scheduled to open first in Jacksonville, Florida; Los Angeles/Orange, California; Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Campbellsville, Kentucky; Elizabethtown, Kentucky; London, Kentucky; Frankfort, Kentucky; Orlando, Florida; and Bismarck, North Dakota.