Directed by Academy Award winner Mel Gibson, and co-written by Gibson and Benedict Fitzgerald, The Passion Of The Christ is a brutal, graphic depiction of the final 12 hours of the life of Jesus Of Nazareth – featuring torture and crucifixion – adapted
So he.s keen to bang the promotional drum for the dramatised saga of WWII cameraman Damien Parer, whose work almost cost him the woman he loved.
.It.s a very romantic movie, a nice change from my movies which usually show people getting blown up,. said Grierson, whose first feature was Kokoda, the story of Australian soldiers stranded in the Papua New Guinea jungle in 1942, which screens on SBS1 on Saturday night.
The director credits the ABC with giving him, producer Andrew Wiseman, screenwriter Alison Nisselle and DoP Mark Wareham a lot of creative freedom on the $4.5 million production, a generous budget for a telemovie. Matt Le Nevez plays Parer with Adelaide Clemens as the woman he loved,
File under growing trend for origins stories and new glut of biblical films: a prequel to The Passion of the Christ is in the works. Mary Mother of Christ (hopefully they'll add an exclamation mark) is currently casting, from a script by Benedict Fitzgerald (who co-wrote Mel Gibson's crucifixion movie) and Barbara Nicolosi.
The role of Mary has already gone to 15-year-old Odeya Rush, a veteran of miracle baby films, following her role in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Peter O'Toole is tipped to come out of retirement to play Simeon, who reportedly blessed the infant Jesus, while Julia Ormond is pencilled in as Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.
Ben Kingsley is apparently circling the role of original baddie King Herod. The producers are
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley is circling the role of King Herod, one of the nastiest Biblical troublemakers, in Mary Mother of Christ.
After co-scripting Gibson‘s hit epic drama writer Benedict Fitzgerald has teamed with Barbara Nicolosi on a sequel titled Mary Mother of Christ and they’ve already managed to get a major star circling: Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) as Mary, Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia) as Symeon and Julia Ormond (Man of Steel) as Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth.
Directed by Sanctum helmer Alister Grierson the film would follow Mary attempts to defy the evil Herod to protect her young son, Jesus.
The cast may also include Judi Dench (Casino Royale
An unofficial prequel of sorts to the events seen in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” the story revolves around Mary’s attempts to defy King Herod in order to save her son, Jesus. Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote 'Passion' with Mel Gibson, is co-writing this script with Barbara Nicolosi.
The cast already includes Odeya Rush as Mary, Peter O’Toole as Symeon and Julia Ormond as Mary's cousin Elizabeth. Producers are seeking Judi Dench for the role of Anna the Prophetess and Hugh Bonneville for Satan.
Kingsley’s last family-friendly persona, George Melies in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo would soon become distant memory if he donned the crown of King Herod. As he’s got the thespy chops to eat the hind legs off Shakespeare’s donkey, the notion of Ben Kingsley going Biblical evil is one which could lead to nods and noms.
The script was penned by Passion of the Christ scribe Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi. Saddled in the director’s chair is Alister Grierson whose previous film was the hollow James Cameron-produced mess (not unlike an axe wound) Sanctum.
"The Passion of the Christ" scribe Benedict Fitzgerald is co-writing the script with Barbara Nicolosi which has lead to remarks from backers that this could be considered a prequel of sorts. The narrative deals with Mary’s attempt to defy King Herod to save her child.
Casting is already underway with Israeli actress Odeya Rush set to play Mary while Julia Ormond and Peter O’Toole will take supporting roles. Lionsgate will distribute States-side.
He joins Camilla Belle, Al Pacino, Peter O'Toole and Julia Ormond in the action drama about the biblical journey of young Mary and Joseph during the terrible reign of Herod the Great. James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross") is directing from a script by Barbara Nicolosi and "The Passion of the Christ" co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald.
The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.
Morgado turned up at the end of a global search to cast the lead.
"We saw a huge amount of young actors and a couple were great," Foley said. "We thought we had finished our search when a tape appeared with this incredible guy. A major future star walked in the room, and I knew we had found the one."
Morgado, repped by the Park Noack Agency in the U.
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