Hail, Mary: Israeli actress Odeya Rush to play Mary in “prequel to ‘Passion of the Christ’”

Well, that’s how one Hollywood writer is describing a promising new film scripted by the “Passion” scribe Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi.


The movie about Mary, Mother of Christ that has been bouncing around Hollywood for years may be moving closer to reality.

The Wrap reports that Alister Grierson has been tapped to direct the film. The screenplay is co-written by Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote “The Passion of the Christ” and later sued Mel Gibson for unfair deprivation of compensation for the movie. The other writer is Barbara Nicolosi, Director of the film program at Azusa Pacific University.

The Wrap writes:

Israeli actress Odeya Rush has been cast in the title role, while other actors will include Julia Ormond and Peter O’Toole. The press release announcing the deal says that producers Mary Aloe and Shawn Williamson are currently negotiating with “one of England’s most famous Academy Award winners” to play Herod.

The release also couldn’t resist describing the Biblical tale in Hollywood terms, claiming that “Mary Mother of Christ” is “considered to be the Biblical prequel to the story of ‘The Passion of the Christ.’”

Filming is scheduled to start in the summer. The film will be marketed to faith communities with the help of controversial television preacher Joel Osteen, Pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, TX.

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  1. pagansister says:

    Didn’t see Passion of the Christ, but might go see this movie. Could be very interesting.

  2. Peter O’Toole probably needs prayers…this would be his second spiritually-themed movie (first would be For Greater Glory).
    I love the idea, but the Marian dogmas will get skewed if there is too much Protestant influence…

  3. Could turn out to be a disaster.

  4. Honestly, I have zero hope that this movie will be done well. Just the fact that Osteen is involved in any way, shape, or form is enough for me to believe that this is going to be a train wreck, and probably heretical.

  5. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Barbara NIcolosi’s involvement, though, is promising. Read her bio. And, lest we forget: some of the most ardent supporters of “The Passion of the Christ” were evangelical Christians. My wife first saw it at a screening held at a Baptist church in Manhattan.


  6. Is this the same project that Nicholosi has been shopping for years now?

  7. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Yes, it’s been kicking around for a few years. At one time, Al Pacino and Jessica Lange were attached, as well. It looks like it’s finally going to get made.


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