Principal photography has begun on “Caged,” a feature film from Check the Gate Productions and Red Entertainment Group, who also contributed to 2014’s surprise faith-based hit “God’s Not Dead.”
Based on the “Justice Trilogy” of novels by Molly Venzke, and adapted for the screen by co-producer Lisa Arnold and Venzke, “Caged” stars Loretta Devine, Kevin Sorbo, Alan Powell, Christian singer-songwriter Anthony Evans, and Cassidy Gifford, in a story that’s inspired by real events, about Aggie Prejean (played by Loretta Devine), a Cajun grandmother on a desperate search to find her 2 granddaughters, who have been kidnapped by their sinister father (played by Kevin Sorbo). As the details behind the girls’ disappearance begin to unravel, it’s discovered that they have been taken overseas to be sold into the sex trade. Aggie enlists the help of the girls’ uncle, a well-respected local philanthropist, Richard DuLonde, and his son, Wil, who is former Special Forces. A global hunt ensues, and the team will stop at nothing to see the girls safely returned home.
“Caged” will be the first film in a trilogy of action thrillers centered on the very topical issue of human trafficking, and will involve Baton Rouge-based human trafficking organization, Trafficking Hope, that works daily to raise awareness to eradicate human trafficking in the United States.
The film will feature appearances by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Grammy Award-nominated Christian recording artist Natalie Grant and Kathie Lee Gifford.
To be shot on location in Baton Rouge, La., and Athens, Greece, “Caged” is scheduled for a late 2015 release.
The Louisiana-based producers of the film are likely hoping to duplicate the surprise box office success of this year’s “God’s Not Dead,” which was made for around $2 million, and went on to gross over $60 million!