Disney actress Ashley Tisdale has posted on Instagram a picture of the book Left Behind and tweeted:
Gotta do my homework. So excited to be a part of this project #leftbehind #stoked
Tisdale joins Nicholas Cage as a member of the cast.Tisdale will play the role of Chloe Steele. Janaya Stephens played this character in the previous films.
The Left Behind movie website reports that Chad Michael Murray is joining the cast as well. Murray will play the role of reporter Buck Williams. Child actor Kirk Cameron played this role in the earlier films.
The movie will go into production later this year with an anticipated 2014 theatrical release.
The movie is based on the popular Christian graphic novel Left Behind. Left Behind and rest of the 16-book series depicts what life will be like after the rapture based on theology found primarily in the Bible book of Revelations.
The Left Behind book series has exceeded 63 million in sales since its orginial publication in 1995, making it the bestselling Christian fiction series in history.
Left Behind was also voted one of the top 10 books of the 20th century on barnesandnoble.com and ivillage.com. The Indwelling, book #7, The Mark, book #8, Desecration, book #9, The Remnant, book #10, and Armageddon, book #11, and Glorious Appearing, book #12, have all reached #1 on The New York Times bestseller list according to LeftBehind.com.
The first Left Behind movie, featuring Cameron, was released on DVD and VHS in 2000. The film eventually opened in U.S. movie theatres, grossing over $2 million in its opening weekend according to IMDB.com. A sequel, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, was released in 2002.
The Left Behind series also boasts four video games: Left Behind: Eternal Forces, Left Behind: Tribulation Forces, Left Behind 3: Rise of the Antichrist and Left Behind 4: World at War