Catching up on The Nativity Story!

My friend and fellow Bible-movie nut Matt Page is blogging again, now that he’s taken some time off to welcome his newborn daughter into the world — hello, Nina! — and one of his first posts is this round-up of items relating to the upcoming film The Nativity Story.

Among other things, Matt links to this blog devoted to The Nativity Story — and it, in turn, links to recent items on the film that have appeared in Time magazine, the Catholic News Service and elsewhere.

But the biggest new bit of news, to me — and apparently it has been out there for a month already — is that the angel Gabriel is being played by the half-British, half-Sudanese Alexander Siddig (AKA Siddig El Fadil) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fame. No doubt Siddig’s take on the character will be a wee bit more orthodox than the Gabriels played in recent films by Christopher Walken (The Prophecy, 1995-2000) and Tilda Swinton (Constantine, 2004)!

Side note: Siddig’s uncle, Malcolm McDowell, also played the angel Gabriel in The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (1994).

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    You know, I have been trying to figure out just who Siddig puts me in mind off – he’s so damned familiar looking. Now I know – he shares facial qualities (and vocal) with his uncle.


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