27 September 2012 12:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ben Kingsley is circling the project "Mary Mother of Christ," which has been dubbed as a prequel to Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Kingsley would play the role of King Herod in this film, to be directed by Alister Grierson. The story revolves around Mary's attempts to defy King Herod in order to save her son, Jesus. The script was written by Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi. Fitzgerald co-wrote "The Passion of the Christ" with Mel Gibson. Odeya Rush has been cast »

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