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New film ‘Breakthrough’ to highlight the power of the Holy Spirit ft Chrissy Metz from ‘This Is Us’  

New film ‘Breakthrough’ to highlight the power of the Holy Spirit ft Chrissy Metz from ‘This Is Us’  

"Breakthrough" is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. | 20th Century Fox

Devon Franklin, the producer who brought the blockbuster hit "Miracles from Heaven," has released the first trailer for the upcoming film "Breakthrough," which tells the miraculous real-life account of Joyce and John Smith, a mother and son who show the true power of prayer, was released.

In the newly released trailer, actress Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) is seen playing the role of Joyce. “Please God, send your Holy Spirit to save my son,” she emotionally prays as her son, John, played by Marcel Ruiz (“One Day at a Time”), fights for his life in a hospital bed.  

20th Century Fox "Breakthrough", based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds, 2018. | NEWHOUSE

"When Joyce Smith's adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope looks lost. Even though John lies lifeless for more than an hour, his mother refuses to lose faith and prays for a miracle. To the astonishment of everyone present, her prayers are answered as John's heart suddenly begins to beat again, defying every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction. Mere days after the accident, he will walk out of the hospital under his own power, completely healed," the movie's synopsis reads.

Another moment in the trailer showcases a conversation between Joyce and her son’s doctor where she tells the physician, “Be the best for John, let God do the rest.”

John’s atheist first responder, played by Mike Colter ("Luke Cage”), is also seen wrestling with his faith because as he describes it, it was “a voice” that told him where to find John in the ice cold water after several minutes of no hope. 

Hillsong’s “Oceans” closes out the trailer, leaving viewers with a sense of hope as the story tells the power of faith.

Joining Metz in the cast is Topher Grace, who's mostly known for his role in the comedy series "That '70s Show." He plays Pastor Jason Noble, the man of God who helps the grieving family through the ordeal. 

The cast also includes Josh Lucas and Hip-hop artist Lecrae.

CP attended a set visit in Canada earlier this year, where they shot "Breakthrough" under the direction of veteran TV director Roxann Dawson ("House of Cards," "Scandal," "The Americans," and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”). Hollywood Christian producer DeVon Franklin ("Miracles from Heaven") produced the film and was sure to tell the Smiths' story as it happened.

The 20th Century Fox movie is based on Joyce Smith's book The Impossible and was adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte ("Seven Pounds").

Smith's story first made national headlines in 2015, shortly after a bidding war began for the book proposal that was eventually won by Hachette books. 

Franklin was so moved by the story that he connected the family with a literary agent to help develop the book proposal, which was used as the basis for the film.

"Breakthrough" will be released in April 2019.

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