Taglines: The song you know. The story you don’t.
I Can Only Imagine – it’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft. Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life.
As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury-combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential-set Bart on a musical pathway. Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe-named for his grandmother’s favorite expression.
With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined. A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I Can Only Imagine beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love-or from an eternal home in Heaven.
I Can Only Imagine is an upcoming American drama film based on the story behind the song “I Can Only Imagine,” the most-played contemporary Christian song of all time. The film stars J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard, the MercyMe lead singer who wrote the song, as well as Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Trace Adkins. It is scheduled for release on March 16, 2018.
I Can Only Imagine (2018)
Directed by: Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin
Starring: Cloris Leachman, Dennis Quaid, Priscilla Shirer, Madeline Carroll, J. Michael Finley, Brody Rose, Trace Adkins, Tanya Clarke, David Norona, Rhoda Griffis, Gianna Simone, Nicole DuPort
Screenplay by: Jon Erwin, Brent McCorkle
Production Design by: Joseph T. Garrity
Cinematography by: Kristopher Kimlin
Film Editing by: Andrew Erwin, Brent McCorkle
Costume Design by: Anna Redmon
Set Decoration by: Clarisa Garcia-Fresco, Jennifer Herbel
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements including some violence.
Distributed by: Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate Films
Release Date: March 16, 2018