Redeeming Love — release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know

Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis in Redeeming Love
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Redeeming Love is a sweeping romantic drama based on Francine Rivers' bestselling novel of the same name — inspired by the book of Hosea from the Old Testament.

Set against the backdrop of the Californian Gold Rush in 1850, it follows one woman (Angel, played by Abigail Cowen) who learns to experience unconditional love for the first time in her life. The movie follows Angel as her relationship with Michael Hosea (Gentleman Jack's Tom Lewis) clashes with the cold, harsh realities of gritty nineteenth-century life in the west. 

Redeeming Love has been billed as a "life-changing story of the power of unconditional and all-consuming love." Here's everything we know about the film...

Redeeming Love release date

Redeeming Love was released in the US in January 2022 and is only now getting a theatrical release in the UK, arriving in theaters on 16 September 2022.

What's the Redeeming Love plot?

Abigail Cowen as Angel in Redeeming Love

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The movie follows Angel, a woman who was sold into prostitution as a child and has grown up expecting pain from those around her after years of abuse. Michael Hosea, a religious man, sees her and immediately falls in love with her. He has faith that God wants Angel to be his wife and puts forward a marriage proposal.

Angel's difficult circumstances mean she has little choice but to accept, but as Hosea defies the low expectations she has, she slowly begins to warm towards him. Confronted by a love unlike anything she's ever experienced, Angel's feelings of unworthiness cause her to try and run from this new life that she doesn't think she deserves. Hosea sets out to find her, leading to Angel finally discovering that there is no brokenness that love can't heal.

Redeeming Love cast

Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis in Redeeming Love

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Abigail Cowen (Fate: The Winx Saga, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) leads the cast as Angel/Sarah. Tom Lewis stars alongside Cowen as faithful farmer Michael Hosea.  Logan Marshall-Green (Upgrade, Spider-Man: Homecoming) is Paul, Michael's brother who resents Angel. 

Nina Dobrev (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Vampire Diaries) is Mae, Angel's mother, Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken) plays brothel owner Duchess and Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy, The Last Ship) is the villainous Duke, the man who took Sarah into prostitution when she was a child and renamed her Angel.

Is there a Redeeming Love trailer?

The trailer starts by showing us Angel's troubled life before Michael Hosea sees and falls head-over-heels in love with her. It highlights the love story between Hosea and Angel, showing that, despite everything they go through, Hosea is determined for the young couple to stay together.

Who directed Redeeming Love?

American filmmaker D. J. Caruso (I Am Number Four, xXx: Return of Xander Cage) is on hand as director. Caruso also co-wrote the screenplay with Francine Rivers.

Martin Shore
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