A few years ago Jennifer starred in a film called Miracles From Heaven. I have added captures from Jen’s performance to our gallery.
Tonight I had the privilege of watching “Miracles from Heaven” … such a completely beautiful film. This motivated me to start hunting for more images from the film for our gallery. Go check them out! And if you haven’t seen this film yet I definitely recommend it!
– Jennifer Garner Online > FILMS > 2016 | Miracles from Heaven
It wasn’t Christy Beam’s idea to have Jennifer Garner, or any other movie star, portray her.
When approached about a film adaptation of her memoir, Miracles From Heaven — an account of how Beam’s daughter Annabel survived a harrowing accident and surmounted an unrelated, life-threatening medical crisis — Beam, 43, politely refused to offer advice on casting. “I said, ‘I don’t do that for a living,’ ” she says. “But when I found out it was Jennifer, I was so honored and humbled.”
For Garner, also 43, the decision to play Beam in the film (in theaters Wednesday) was a no-brainer. “I stayed up all night reading the script with a knot in my stomach,” the actress says.
At that point, Beam’s book, published last April, wasn’t even out yet. But author and preacher DeVon Franklin had a tip from a friend who knew Beam had a book deal. Franklin loved the concept, as did his fellow producers T.D. Jakes (also a pastor, who shares Beam’s literary agent) and Joe Roth (Jakes’ partner in producing the inspirational 2014 film Heaven Is for Real). “Everyone felt this would be a fantastic follow-up,” says Franklin, and screenwriter Randy Brown was enlisted to adapt Beam’s book.
In the new movie, 12-year-old Kylie Rogers plays Annabel (often called Anna) who suffers from a rare disorder that leaves her unable to digest food. Following a long ordeal that upends the lives of Christy’s husband and their two other daughters, Anna suffers a potentially fatal accident, but emerges relatively unscathed, and seemingly cured.
Faith has long played a role in Garner’s life: She and estranged husband Ben Affleck had their three children baptized at the same United Methodist church she attended while growing up in West Virginia. “My parents and little sister and her family still go there,” Garner says.
But “I think I had become complacent in raising my children, almost as though (I thought) they were going to receive the ground beneath their feet that heaven had given me through osmosis,” she says. Returning home after filming, Garner raised the subject with her kids, “and they said, ‘Well, we want to go to church.’ ”
Garner “was floored, and I immediately looked up the local United Methodist church. We went there next Sunday, and it turned out to be the perfect environment. We’ve gotten so much from it; it’s like a gift Christy gave me.”
She and Beam “talked about everything” during filming, Garner says. “No stone was left unturned, from how she kept her nails while she was in the hospital to what her favorite hymns are from church, so I could make a playlist.”
But in making the film, Garner stresses, “We were careful not to preach. That’s not Christy’s message whatsoever, to tell you what to believe or how to practice. … Even if you drop faith out of the movie, there’s the message of hope, the idea of keeping your head up and knowing you can push through to the other side of a challenge.”
Jennifer along with Christy Beam were interviewed by Fox 4 in Dallas, Texas. Christy is whom the story is about. She is the author of the book which inspired this film. Jennifer talks about why she decided to take on this role and Christy shares about her feelings on Jennifer playing the part.
I have added images of Jen at the Dallas premiere of her new film Miracles from Heaven. While there she also attended a Q&A to discuss the film.
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 21 | Miracles From Heaven Premiere In Dallas
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 21 | Miracles From Heaven Premiere In Dallas – Presentation
As we are getting closer to the release of Jen’s film Miracles from Heaven production stills are being released. I have added some new ones to the gallery.
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 | Miracles From Heaven
Jennifer talks her new film “Miracles from Heaven” with People.com as the trailer has been released.
Sometimes what you need is a miracle.
That’s exactly what Christy Beam and her husband prayed for night after night in the upcoming film Miracles from Heaven – and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the trailer.
Starring Jennifer Garner, the film tells the emotional story of Beam’s 12-year-old daughter Annabel, who survived a 30-ft. fall from a tree and told her parents she had visited heaven – then was inexplicably cured from her terminal digestive disorder.
“He told me I’d be fine,” Annabel, played by Kylie Rogers 11, says in the trailer as Garner looks at her in disbelief.
For additional photos from set and more from Jennifer Garner, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
And for Garner, 43, reading Beam’s memoir for the first time made the decision to sign on to the film an easy one.
“I stayed awake all night after reading Miracles from Heaven,” she told PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “There was something about this family, this mother and daughter, and this telling of the story that I felt I just had to be a part of.”
Garner, a mother of three, says she felt “very maternal” towards Kylie and bonded with her younger costar “over crafts and books and braiding hair.”
“She is special beyond compare,” she adds.
Producer Joe Roth agrees, noting that their bond certainly translates on-screen.
“[Garner] made Kylie feel really comfortable,” Roth tells PEOPLE. “You never don’t feel that they’re mother and daughter.”
Also starring Queen Latifah and Martin Henderson, Miracles from Heaven hits theaters March 18, 2016.
“When people see this movie I hope they are reminded of the power of love and hope and family and prayer,” says Garner.
Sony has released the trailer for Jennifer’s new film “Miracles From Heaven”
Based on a true story, “Miracles from Heaven” focuses on a young girl, Annabel Beam, who miraculously overcomes an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder. After she is dramatically rescued from a near-death experience, a stunning series of miracles unfold that leave her family, her medical doctors and community baffled. The film is based on the book of the same name written by Christy Beam, the mother of young Annabel.
Following the success of “Heaven is for Real,” Sony Pictures is gearing up its next Christian-focused drama, tapping Jennifer Garner to star in “Miracles From Heaven.”
Sony has released several successful faith-based films for mainstream audiences; this one will be released through TriStar Pictures.
Patricia Riggen is directing with “Heaven is For Real” producers Joe Roth, Devon Franklin and T.D. Jakes producing. Riggen previously directed “Under the Same Moon” and telefilm “Lemonade Mouth.”
Based on the novel by Christy Beam, the story follows a young girl who is suffering from a rare digestive disorder and finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.
Randy Brown is penning the script. Production begins this summer.
“Heaven is for Real” was a hit for Sony, taking in more than $100 million worldwide, becoming one of the biggest faith-based hits of all time. It was one of the top grossers on the studio’s slate last year.
Garner is about to begin production on the Relativity pic “Nine Lives” opposite Kevin Spacey. She is repped by Management 360, WME and attorneys Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman.