'Angel' with abs: Hallmark casting Sorbo

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Kevin Sorbo, who is coming off a recurring role on Fox's recently ended "The O.C.," has been tapped to star in the Hallmark Channel original movie "Avenging Angel."

Sorbo is set to play a preacher charged with making a life-or-death decision when a ragtag group of families seek refuge in his church on the run from the powerful Col. Cusack and his lawless gang. The preacher begs the outlaws to spare their lives, but the church is destroyed and everyone inside it gets killed. As a result, the preacher turns away from God and vows to avenge the incident as a bounty hunter. Years later, when he returns to his town and discovers Cusack's murderous plans for wiping out a small community, he is called to action.

Other roles are being cast for the movie, which is set to debut at 9 p.m. July 7. Hallmark is expected to make the announcement at its upfront presentation to advertisers today in New York.

"Angel" is from RHI Entertainment, Alpine Medien and Larry Levinson Prods. Robert Halmi Jr. and Larry Levinson are executive producers, while Randy Pope and Lincoln Lageson are producers. David Cass Sr. is directing from a screenplay by William Sims Myers.

This isn't the first time for Sorbo to play a man of God. He portrays a priest in the upcoming Sci Fi Channel movie "Something Beneath," also from RHI; guest-starred as a former priest on UPN's "Love, Inc."; and played a priest in the indie film "Clipping Adam."

Sorbo, best known for playing the title role in "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," also starred in "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda." He is repped by ICM, manager Matt Luber of Nine Yards Entertainment and attorney Dave Feldman.
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