Gerard Butler will continue his assault on the action drama with his upcoming film, Machine Gun Preacher. The title makes it sound like a campy comic adaptation but its actually a fact-based drama. According to Deadline, Lionsgate has acquired the North American distribution rights to the film that will feature Butler in the starring role.

Machine Gun Preacher will be directed by Quantum of Solace helmer Marc Forster, and marks the second film he’s done with the studio after his Oscar winning, Monster’s Ball. The story centers on Reverend Sam Childers, who’s also known as the “machine gun preacher” as he gives up his reckless lifestyle in favor of spiritual enlightenment, which leads him to war-torn Africa where he becomes a warrior for the country’s children.

Co-starring as his wife is Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon will play his best friend, Kathy Baker appears as his mother, and Souleymane Sy Savane stars as his right-hand man. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Detroit and South Africa on July 5th.

Machine Gun Preacher has a strong cast, a great director, and a good premise so all that’s left is the execution of the script. Here’s to hoping that Jason Keller’s screenplay is pitch perfect!

What do you think of the cast for Machine Gun Preacher? Have you heard of the project?