Michael W. Smith Filming 'The Second Chance'

( [email protected] ) Oct 14, 2004 08:55 PM EDT

Principal photography began September 29 on

"The Second Chance," starring award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Michael W. Smith in his first leading role in a feature film. The film is directed by Steve Taylor from an original screenplay by Taylor, Chip Arnold and Ben Pearson.

Smith plays Ethan Jenkins in the film, which revolves around Jenkins and Jake Sanders (introducing Jeff Carr), both passionate pastors who worship the same God from the same book… but that’s where the similarity ends. White and well-to-do Ethan is comfortable in his music ministry at the media-savvy suburban mega-church, The Rock; Jake is a street smart African-American who ministers to the gang members, teen mothers, and drug addicts of the urban Second Chance.

When they are suddenly thrown together in a tough neighborhood and forced to work side by side, Ethan discovers there is no boundary between the streets and the sanctuary. But can the faith these two men share overcome the prejudices that divide them to give themselves and a struggling urban church a second chance?

The film is produced by Taylor, Clarke Gallivan and Coke Sams in association with Ruckus Films. Executive producer is Ben Howard. Franklin, Tenn.-based Cedar Partners is financing

the project.

“The Second Chance” will shoot in and around Nashville through the month of October. The film is slated for a Fall 2005 release.