God Is a Black Woman in New Trailer for ‘The Shack’


God has taken on many forms in films throughout the years. Lately, Morgan Freeman has been dubbed the “voice of God” because he’s played the divine so many times, and his smooth baritone oozes sacred charm. But next year, moviegoers are about to be introduced to a whole different version of God–a Black woman.

In the upcoming film The Shack, based on the best selling novel by William P. Young, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer portrays the heavenly being, though her character’s name is “Papa.”

Here’s how the film’s website describes it:

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

The faith-based story was a hit with readers who snapped up over 18 million copies around the globe in 39 different languages. Although they loved the moving story, what really drew readers in was Young’s depiction of God. Now, viewers will get to see the divine brought to life by Spencer on screen.

Check out the first trailer for The Shack below:

The Shack hits theaters March 3, 2017.