The Humanist Chaplaincy of Harvard announced in their latest email update that they are having a special screening of The Ledge on February 12th to help celebrate Darwin Day with filmmaker Matthew Chapman. Chapman happens to be the great, great grandson of Charles Darwin. His feature is about an atheist ready to jump from a ledge and the course of events that lead up to that moment. The film is described as “… a thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills.”
While I’ve yet to find an official website for the film, Comingsoon.net doesn’t list one on their news post, and the information is somewhat scarce beyond the interview video above, the cast is first rate. It stars Charlie Hunnam (known for Sons of Anarchy), Liv Tyler from LOTR and numerous other films, and Terrence Howard from the first Iron Man movie. With a cast like that, at least we can be hopeful of superb performances and we’ll have to wait to see if the script can deliver. The word “thriller” does sound promising, though, as the introduction of atheist characters or other unbelieving characters is what we’re looking for on Freethunk even if the message isn’t explicit.