'Atlanta' Star Lakeith Stanfield Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor in Netflix's 'Come Sunday' (Exclusive)

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Lakeith Stanfield

The real-life drama is based on a 2005 'This American Life' segment about a Tulsa, Oklahoma preacher.

Lakeith Stanfield will be putting on his Sunday best for Netflix.

The Atlanta star will join Chiwetel Ejiofor in the real-life drama Come Sunday, based on a 2005 This American Life segment titled 'Heretics.'

Come Sunday follows the story of a minister (Ejiofor) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who loses his congregation of thousands following the revelation that he no longer believes in Hell.

Stanfield will play the music director of a megachurch who is also the devoted right-hand man of Ejiofor's minister.

In 2010, the feature was originally set up as a directing vehicle for World War Z helmer Marc Forster, but the directing reins have since been handed over Joshua Marston. Marcus Hinchey wrote the screenplay.

This American Life host Ira Glass will produce, along with Alissa Shipp and Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern. 

Come Sunday marks the third Netflix feature for Stanfield. He will appear in the military satire War Machine from Brad Pitt and will star in the highly anticipated Death Note adaptation, which was originally set up at Warner Bros. before it headed over to the streaming giant.

Stanfield, whose past film credits include Short Term 12Straight Outta Compton and Oliver Stone's Snowden, was recently featured on The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen Talent list. He will soon head to Sundance with the real-life drama Crown Heights, also adapted from a This American Life segment.

He is repped by CAA, Colin Stark and Ginsburg Daniels.

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