I've been meaning to blog about this for a while, but there's another Jesus film on the way this spring -- Killing Jesus. It's adapted from Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book of the same name and airs on National Geographic. Here's a "first look":
Like most Bible films in recent years it is filmed out in Ouazazarte. There are some great actors. Many of them appear to be British, including John Rhys-Davies as Annas. Kelsey Grammer as King Herod, with loads of hair, should be great too:
The piece is executive produced by Ridley Scott. Today's Independent features a story about Jesus (Haaz Sleiman):
Killing Jesus: Muslim-raised actor Haaz Sleiman defends lead role in Ridley Scott miniseries
The casting of Sleiman (who once played a baddie in 24) looks like an inspired bit of casting, though I can't help wondering if that's a false beard:
It's one of the great mercies of Jesus of Nazareth that Robert Powell got rid of his false beard and grew one of his own instead.
Update (10 February, 6.20am): Here's Peter Chattaway's comment on his blog in January.