A sleeper agent, as defined by Google, is “a spy who is placed in a target country or organization not to undertake an immediate mission but to act as a potential asset if activated.”
So, how did the cast and crew of Sleeper Agent use this unique, secretive character approach to successfully create a Christian/Spy/Action/Comedy film?
Shari Rigby, actress, director, producer, and author of iDisciple Publishing’s Consider the Lilies, hosts a chat with Sleeper Agent’s director and lead actors to discuss the creation of the film and what it means to blend spiritual purpose with professional film in today’s Christian media world.
Lead actor and co-writer for Sleeper Agent, Leland Klassen, shares the creative beginnings of the film: “The story comes from all four of my grandparents [who] fled Russia right before the Russian Revolution, and they came to Canada. I was kind of thinking about that—I love spy stories and spy movies, and it just struck me one day as a funny concept for someone to think they might be a generational sleeper agent from Russia.”
Sleeper Agent’s main character, Walter Goertzen (Klassen), would love a life of action, the sort of life that’s secretly packed with foreign lands, revolutions, and grand missions, but when his childhood fascination with espionage is crushed by adulthood’s nine-to-five demands, he’s stuck working at a warehouse and stumbling for a deeper purpose in life.
Walter’s comedic adventure unfolds as he’s unexpectedly handed his dream of being a sleeper agent, but this role comes with high demands, great risk, and bravery, which challenges Walter to rise to the occasion and find true fulfillment.
Amidst the intense action and high stakes, actress Gigi Orsillo (playing Kate) loves the comedy scripted into Sleeper Agent: “Laughter is so good for the heart, and it’s so fun to have a clean comedy that a whole family can watch, and so I was excited to be a part of it from the very beginning.”
Cast and crew all agree that it’s not every day you hear of a Christian/Spy/Action/Comedy film, but when these projects are propelled by The Lord, He can use the wildest creations to minister to others.
“If you’re passionate about something, and you believe in something... and a Kingdom purpose in mind, it doesn’t matter if you succeed or not,” Klassen explains. “I know it’s going to sound weird, but that process is almost just as important.”
Director Nathan Blair adds, “The benefit of being in a calling like this, is that you know God is going to be working through that. That you get to see Him do cool things on a daily, if not hourly, basis.”
The Sleeper Agent cast and crew welcome you to check out this action-packed, family-friendly film on Christian Cinema today!