appears set to make a third Oscar bid as Tammy Faye Bakker
when she returns to the big screen in September.
for Michael Showalter's biopic "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," which follows the rise and fall of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, played by Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain, was released this week, giving audiences their first look at the film.
In 1974, the Bakkers launched the hugely popular Christian television
program "The PTL Club," with "PTL" standing for "Praise the Lord." They expanded their ministry by establishing the PTL Television Network and Heritage USA, a Christian-themed, Disneyland-style amusement park in South Carolina
that drew more than six million visitors per year at its peak.
Tammy Faye, known for her signature blonde bouffant and blue eyeshadow, rose to prominence at the same time.
However, the couple's multimillion-dollar empire was racked with scandal in 1987, when Jim was accused of sexual assault
by church secretary Jessica Hahn, and it was also reported that the Bakkers' ministry had paid Hahn more than $200,000 in hush money
. A year later, Jim was indicted on eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy
following a federal review of PTL T.
The film takes its title from a 2000 documentary
aimed at rehabilitating Tammy Faye's image, which was narrated by RuPaul and emphasized Tammy Faye's outspoken support of the LGBTQ
community as well as people
living with HIV/AIDS.
Chastain revealed to People that she spent nearly a decade researching Tammy Faye's life in preparation for the role.
“I was just blown away by her and her story,” said the actor, who received Academy Award nominations for 2011’s “The Help” and 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” “The thing I loved the most about Tammy is her capacity to love. She knew what it felt like to not feel important, and she didn’t want anyone to experience that.”
The film "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" will be released in theaters on September 17th.