Watch: Joseph reassures Mary in a new clip from The Young Messiah


The Young Messiah officially comes to theatres tomorrow, though there are some venues showing it tonight. So here’s one last (?) sneak peek before showtime: a clip in which Joseph and Mary ponder why God chose them to raise his Son.

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Interview: Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Young Messiah, 2016)


It’s been a long, rocky road to the big screen for The Young Messiah, but at last, it’s here.

The film is based on a 2005 novel called Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, which takes place when Jesus is seven years old and his family is returning to Nazareth from Egypt. It was written by Anne Rice — best known for her vampire novels — after she returned to the Catholic church. An early attempt to make a film based on the novel fell apart in 2007, and Rice herself publicly quit Christianity in 2010, though she said she still follows Christ.

The book’s film prospects turned a corner when Rice wrote a glowing review of The Stoning of Soraya M., a 2009 movie about the treatment of women in Iran that was directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, an American of Persian descent. Nowrasteh acquired the rights to Rice’s book, wrote a script with his wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, and got Harry Potter director Chris Columbus to come on board as a producer. The film comes out March 11.

I spoke to Cyrus Nowrasteh about creating new characters for the film, the tricky nature of movie ratings, the role the film played in his own journey towards Christian faith, and the possibility of a sequel. The interview below has been edited slightly for length and clarity.

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Watch: Kids and parents talk about The Young Messiah


The Young Messiah is rated PG-13, but the filmmakers want you to know that it’s okay for kids — and to that end, they’ve released a couple new children-themed videos.

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Of Kings and Prophets premieres to low ratings


Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands, but alas, Of Kings and Prophets didn’t slay ’em in the ratings when it premiered last night.

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Review: A Child Called Jesus (dir. Franco Rossi, 1987)


The Young Messiah — which comes out this Friday — isn’t the first film to focus on the early childhood of Jesus. Nearly 30 years ago, an Italian filmmaker named Franco Rossi directed a two-part TV-movie called Un bambino di nome Gesù (a.k.a. A Child Called Jesus), and it’s striking to see how much the two films have in common.

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The Young Messiah: the Chris Columbus interview round-up


Chris Columbus wrote Gremlins and The Goonies and went on to direct such hit films as the first two Home Alone movies and the first two Harry Potter movies (he also produced the third). More recently, he has produced relatively low-budget films such as critically-acclaimed horror film The Witch and, now, The Young Messiah.

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