I’m sitting in a bar, waiting for the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony to begin, but I couldn’t let this news go without blogging for too long. Deadline reports that Brad Pitt is “circling” the title role in Pontius Pilate, the politically-charged historical epic that was first announced last summer. This would not be Pitt’s first ancient epic — he famously starred as Achilles in Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy (2004) — but it would, as far as I know, be his first foray into explicitly biblical territory. More later, perhaps.
Brad Pitt to play Pontius Pilate?
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).