Duane "Dog" Chapman will play himself in a new role as he moves from reality television to a motion picture for a new film. He shared the news on social media.
Also joining him are actors Mickey O'Sullivan, Ann Sonneville, Jennifer Jelsema, and newcomer Wesley Truman Daniel. Justin Jackola is to direct. The post is found below.
The film will be the directorial debut for Jackola, who's only dealt with commercials in the past. He'll also work as a producer alongside Jacquelyn Jamjoom.
JJack Productions are also involved, as well as financiers Chicago Media Angels. Throughline Films will work as the sales rep. Jackola reportedly commented on the production.
"This isn't your grandfather's faith-based film. Our goal is to break the mold and hopefully inspire more fresh and innovative content. We're thrilled to have Dog on board."
He added that Duane's "level of understanding and compassion to the film" was unmatched. The plot follows as a widower gathers up some of his old buddies for a hunting show in the woods.
Instead, he faces a supernatural force, and his faith is tested. Duane's faith was also put under pressure when he lost his wife Beth this year, and suicidal thoughts emerged soon after.
Duane admitted his feelings on WGN's "Dog's Most Wanted" which aired earlier this month. He said he was happy for the time with Beth but also revealed he still hasn't realized "psychologically" she's gone.
A family friend reportedly took away Duane's prescription medicine to prevent tragedy. Duane expressed more depressive sentiments during his interview with Dr. Oz in October.
At the time, he was facing heart problems, some of which were affected by some poor habits. He admitted that he wasn't sure if he wanted to fix the problem.
Luckily, Dr. Oz seemed to have convinced him as sources later reported Duane's intake of blood thinners, a switch to a healthier diet, and cutting down on the smoking. We hope the acting gig also helps in some way.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.