Ben-Hur-themed news items are still trickling in as the film rolls out overseas.
Watch: The first trailer for Lion, the first team-up between the director and co-star of the upcoming Mary Magdalene
Regular readers of this blog will know that a movie about Mary Magdalene is due to start shooting soon, with Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas. The film is being directed by Garth Davis, whose only previous feature film is a movie that hasn’t actually come out yet: Lion, an awards-season contender that also features Mara in its cast.
Synopsis. The Egyptian army, led by Horemheb, returns home after years of fighting against the Amorites. The priests of Amon get into an argument with Joseph while lining up for grain and inadvertently reveal that the temple of Amon has less wealth than it used to. In Canaan, Jacob teaches his grandchildren about the prophets. Back in Egypt, Joseph says it is time to act against the priests and make monotheism the official religion of Egypt. Egyptians begin arguing in the street about Joseph’s reforms and a fight breaks out, resulting in the death of a monotheist. Joseph teaches an Egyptian crowd that they should worship a God who is superior to them, and he says gods made of stone and wood cannot be superior to humans. Padiamun, one of the priests, leads an attack against one of the granaries but it is thwarted by Joseph, who wounds Padiamun personally. The priests retreat to their temple in the city.
Heads up for anyone going to the Venice International Film Festival next month: You may get a chance to preview some footage from a virtual-reality movie about Jesus.
One year ago, Sony Pictures announced that they would be releasing The Lamb, an animated film about the first Christmas, on December 8, 2017. Then, two months ago, Sony announced that the film had a new title — The Star — but the release date was still the same. Now, however, it looks like the release date has changed, too.