I was wondering how come nobody has thought to make a sequel to Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, but thank God it seems a prequel is getting into full swing.
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) as Anna the Prophetess and Hugh Bonneville (Iris) as Satan.
No word yet on production schedule.
Besides, Kingsley is the latest name to join the cast of Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game, and he’s coming on board Iron Man 3 as well as he stars as the Persian physician Ibn Sina in a medieval drama, The Physician, about the 11th century Iranian physician and scientist, Avicenna; all due to open next year.
Source: The Wrap