Elvis Presley's Faith in Jesus Displayed in New Movie

Presley: 'There is Only One King, and He is Jesus Christ'

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
December 12, 2011|9:46 pm

Elvis Presley, "The King of Rock & Roll," will finally be getting his own movie sometime over the next couple of years.

Much in vein of mega successful movies, "Ray" and "Walk the Line," about Ray Charles and Johnny Cash respectively, Elvis will be getting the treatment in not one movie, but four.

The Hollywood Reporter said there were four movies in various stages of development concerning the superstar.

Presley's musical career is rooted in southern gospel and soul, and his love of God is well known.

“'Elvis started singing hymns as a child, attending church with his mother. There are many stories about Elvis’ respect for Christ. . . . One night at a concert fans unfurled a massive banner while Elvis was singing. The banner read: ‘Elvis is King!’ Elvis stopped in the middle of his song and clearly stated in the microphone: ‘There is only one king and He is Jesus Christ,’" said Peter Ramsey in Presley's biography.

The movie "The Identical" will focus exclusively on this and feature the parts of Elvis' life concerning his faith.

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The movie will star real life Elvis impersonator Ryan Pelton, and will have the singer's whole catalogue of songs available for the film.

Christian film company, City of Peace, will be producing the movie and has as a part of their mission statement promises to release movies of integrity and positive value all while "bringing a message of hope, love and encouragement to this generation," reported ChristianityToday.

"It's clearly God's timing for word of this film to start getting out," said company president Yochanan Marcellino.

Millions all over the world mourned the loss of Elvis when he died in 1977. He was one of the most accomplished artists who ever lived and helped usher in and popularize the musical styles and roots of blues, R&B, and rock, which eventually led to the formation of hip-hop.

Elvis had 20 albums with four being released posthumously.

The singer was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

 

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