A new I Still Believe trailer has dropped teasing the music biopic starring Riverdale’s KJ Apa. After the buzz generated by Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, it’s one of the many music biopics moviegoers will be treated to in the next few years.
Apa will play the Grammy-nominated artist Jeremy Camp. Camp is a contemporary Christian singer who has sold over 5 million albums and performed in over 30 countries. The film will focus on how Camp’s fiancée Melissa, played by Britt Robertson, started to grow ill just as Camp began to climb the ranks of fame and fortune. In real life, Camp wrote “I Still Believe” after his wife passed away following a struggle with ovarian cancer. In spite of the heartbreaking nature of the story, the biopic aims to be an uplifting experience that proves there is always hope. Slated for release in March 2020, audiences have their first look at Apa’s upcoming film with this new trailer that’s just been released.
From Lionsgate, the trailer shows Camp entirely in love with Melissa. Despite warnings from Camp’s parents, played by country superstar Shania Twain and Gary Sinise, the rising music sensation is devoted to Melissa and the devotion only grows as Melissa’s illness worsens. It comes at the cost of Camp’s faith, leaving him to question long-held beliefs, which represents its own struggle. Famous for portraying the popular Archie Andrews, Apa taps into a different kind of energy, more grounded, than the heightened event of The CW’s hit teen drama.
Breaking out with the role, and being selected as the lead for Riverdale after a four-month worldwide search, the actor has since appeared as a supporting character in The Hate U Give and, more recently, as the lead in Netflix’s The Last Summer. Speaking recently about the upcoming film, arguably his most dramatic turn yet, Apa expressed deep admiration for the central couple and the trials they face. He added that he wished to one day have a love like theirs.
Having worked with Robertson before, on A Dog’s Purpose, the pair has experience bringing their chemistry to the big screen. And they’re hardly the only young actors turning to the often-complicated lives of musicians to flex their acting muscles. Austin Butler will be playing Elvis, opposite Tom Hanks, in an upcoming film. Johnny Flynn, who has played Albert Einstein, will be stepping into the shoes of David Bowie. Stories about artists, and about their industry, are proving especially popular in recent times. I Still Believe is hoping to be another example of this.