Variety reports that Olivia Wilde is joining the cast of Year One, Judd Apatow and Harold Ramis’s so-called “biblical comedy”, to play “Princess Inanna, the love interest of Black’s character.” Interestingly, June Raphael was hired last month to play a woman named Maya who also becomes involved with the Jack Black character — but Variety says Princess Inanna will be the “female lead”. Incidentally, according to Wikipedia, “Inanna” was the name of “the Sumerian goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare. The Akkadians called her Ishtar.” A clue as to the movie’s setting?
Another “love interest” signs up for Year One
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).