Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Jim Caviezel to reprise Jesus role

Courier News has the interesting story that Jim Caviezel, who starred as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, is now to reprise the role in an all-star cast in an audio Bible:

'Passion' star reprises Christ role in audio bible
Thomas Nelson Inc., one of the world’s largest seller [sic] of bibles, announced today that it will be releasing a 25-hour, 20-CD, star-studded audio bible production of The New Testament.

"The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible" is scheduled to be released in October in association with Falcon Picture Group.

The dramatic bible was the brainchild of Carl Amari, CEO of Falcon Picture Group, who is also a producer and distributor of audio dramas and founder of Radio Spirits.

Amari approached actor Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of the Christ,” “Déjà vu”) to play the lead role of Jesus Christ, after working with him on the 2004 family-friendly film “Madison.”

Caviezel said he relished the chance to explore the character in a new medium. He also is co-producing the project with with Amari and best-selling author and broadcast journalist Raymond Arroyo.
Michael York is another old Jesus film actor to be involved. He is narrator in this production, and was John the Baptist in Jesus of Nazareth (dir. Franco Zeffirelli, 1977).


crystal said...

Michael York as John the Baptist ... I remember that :-)

Whit said...

How about Charlton Heston as John the Baptist in The Greatest Story Ever Told! My favorite was Andre Gregory as John in The Last Temptation of Christ.

It will be interesting to hear Caviezel as Jesus in English - ;-)

Peter T Chattaway said...

Michael York also played the Antichrist in The Omega Code (1999) and its sequel (2001) -- and he seems to have had a grand time playing him, too!

EV said...

About ten years ago, Michael York also narrated the entire Book of Psalms, KJV. He's fabulous! Look for it.

BTW, congratulations on being spotlighted in the latest ish of Religious Sudies Review under "Biblical Studies on the Internet."