Jim Caviezel to reprise the role of Jesus in Mel Gibson’s Passion of The Christ sequel
Jim Caviezel (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Thin Red Line) is in talks to reprise the role of Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s (Braveheart, Apocalypto) upcoming sequel to The Passion of The Christ, according to USA Today. The film will reportedly cover the resurrection of Christ.
Caviezel told the newspaper, “There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience. It’s great. Stay tuned.” He continued, “I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it. But I’ll tell you this much, the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good.”
Caviezel famously played the role in the 2004 film The Passion of The Christ, which grossed $612 million worldwide during its run. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards in 2005 and is the highest-grossing non-English language film in history. It is the fifth-highest grossing film worldwide with an R rating.
The Passion of The Christ starred Caviezel, Monica Belluci as Mary Magdalene, Maia Morgenstern as the Virgin Mary and was shot in Aramaic, vernacular Hebrew and Latin. Gibson co-wrote, directed and produced the film. The sequel was written by Randall Wallace, who wrote Braveheart, and Gibson is expected to produce and direct, though that is not confirmed. The original film was criticized for promoting antisemitism and for excessive violence.
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