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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 »
- Catherine Shoard
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.
- Nick Martin
The Passion Of The Christ might not be the obvious candidate for the prequel treatment, but it's in the works, and the producers want Sir Ben Kingsley to play the biblical villain, King Herod. The movie, dubbed Mary Mother Of Christ, is being written by Passion's co-writer, Benedict Fitzgerald, and will focus on Mary (Odeya Rush) and her efforts to save her son despite Herod's demand to kill all babies in his search for the son of god. Julia Ormond is signed on to play Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, while Peter O'Toole has also been linked with a role. »
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was so successful it's amazing that nobody has thought to make a sequel to it before, but now it would appear that a prequel is getting into full swing and its even courting its first Oscar winner. Sources close to the production are saying that Sir Ben Kingsley is currently circling the upcoming film Mary Mother of Christ, which is being directed by Australian filmmaker Alister Grierson. Should Kingsley sign on The Wrap says that he would play the role of King Herod, who will be the villain in the story as Mary defies him in order to project her son, Jesus. The script was written by Benedict Fitzgerald (who co-wrote The Passion of the Christ with Gibson) and Barbara Nicolosi, and the cast already includes Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) as Mary, Peter O'Toole as Symeon, and Julia Ormond »
Ben Kingsley isn’t often evil on screen, but when he is, it’s usually fun to watch. Tony Stark is set to face him as a villain in Iron Man 3 and now he’s considering playing one of the nastiest Biblical troublemakers, King Herod in Mary Mother Of Christ.Though the name sounds like something heavy fell on the writer’s fingers while they were typing the title, Mary is actually being dubbed an unofficial prequel to Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ.Co-written by Passion’s Benedict Fitzgerald alongside Barbara Nicolosi, the eventual film will chart Mary's (Odeya Rush) attempts to defy Herod and save her son. Peter O’Toole is attached to play Symeon, and Julia Ormond is Mary’s cousin Elizabeth.Sanctum director Alister Grierson is on board to call the shots and the producers are also looking at offering roles to Judi Dench and Hugh Bonneville. »
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 »
- Liza Foreman
"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.
- Garth Franklin
Sanctum director Alister Grierson will helm Mary Mother Of Christ, which its backers are calling the Biblical prequel to the story of The Passion Of The Christ, perhaps because this film’s scribe, Benedict Fitzgerald, co-wrote the other movie with Mel Gibson. Fitzgerald wrote this one with Barbara Nicolosi. Israeli actress Odeya Rush will play Mary. Julia Ormond, and Peter O’Toole are also in the cast. Lionsgate will distribute the film in North America with Hyde Park handling international sales at Cannes. Texas pastor Joel Osteen signed on the be exec producer. Mary Aloe of Aloe Entertainment and Shawn Williamson of Bright Light Pictures are producing. Motive Entertainment, which helped sell faith-based pics The Passion Of The Christ and The Chronicles Of Narnia, will provide the same service here. Pic is Mary’s attempt to defy King Herod to save her child. Grierson is repped at CAA, Rush is repped at Wme, »
- MIKE FLEMING
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