In a new take on the biblical story of David and Saul, Blessed & Cursed depicts the struggle of Dwight Hawkins – played by famed gospel artist Deitrick Haddon – to determine his God-given purpose on Earth.

After his dreams of becoming a bishop fall apart, Dwight feels compelled to help his ailing father. However, he must choose between family obligations and his lifelong desire to become a superstar.

According to a press release, the film’s plot takes a dramatic turn when the protagonist “receives an opportunity to become a psalmist at the city’s largest church but this new position is too good to be true as Dwight gets caught in a diabolical scheme of jealousy orchestrated by the church’s pastor.”

“I grew up in the church and unfortunately it wasn’t all great experiences,” said Haddon in a statement. “I intentionally brought these up in the movie. I feel this movie will be a witnessing tool to win people back into the church.”

The singer/songwriter/producer said he was inspired to write the film while preparing a sermon.

“I’m a pastor now, so I’m doing more studying than I’ve ever done in my life,” said Haddon. “I was studying the story of Saul and David and the dynamics within their relationship…this movie just opened up to me.”

In addition to Haddon, Blessed & Cursed stars Sheryl Lee Ralph, Drew Sidora, Stars J. Moss, Mali Music, Jorel Quinn and Kierra Sheard.

“Blessed & Cursed” is available exclusively on DVD July 27. The CD soundtrack will be released June 29.