Christianity Today speaks to the director and star of the indie Jesus film Last Days in the Desert

lastdaysinthedesert-51253The film won’t premiere at Sundance for another 13 days, but Christianity Today’s Alissa Wilkinson posted an exclusive interview tonight with Last Days in the Desert director Rodrigo Garcia and his star Ewan McGregor, who plays both Jesus and Satan in the low-budget film — and along the way, she offers a few review-ish opinions of the film itself, all of them positive.

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More pics from the Jesus/Satan film Last Days in the Desert

last-days-in-the-desert-ewan-mcgregor-hi-resNew photos from Last Days in the Desert, the indie film starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan, went online today. They include logo-free versions of the McGregor photos that came out last week, as well as all-new photos of Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer and Tye Sheridan as the “family in crisis” that Jesus encounters near the end of his 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Ewan McGregor on playing Jesus — or, rather, Yeshua — and the Devil in Last Days in the Desert

last-days-in-the-desert_1200x800Two days ago, the Sundance Film Festival revealed that one of the many films premiering there next month would be Last Days in the Desert, starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and the Devil in a story set during the 40 days of temptation that followed Jesus’ baptism.

Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly posted the first official photo from the movie, along with an article that confirms that the “family in crisis” Jesus encounters on his way out of the wilderness is a first-century Jewish family: [Read more...]

Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and the Devil in Last Days in the Desert, premiering next month at Sundance

**EXCLUSIVE** FIRST ON-SET PICS! Ewan McGregor gets into character as a holy man in the desert to film scenes for new indie flick 'Last Days in the Desert'Back in February, there were reports that Ewan McGregor was going to play a holy man and a demon in a film called Last Days in the Desert, directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs) with Emmanuel Lubezki (Tree of Life, Gravity, Birdman) handling the cinematography.

Today, the Sundance Film Festival announced that it will host the film’s premiere next month — and it also revealed that McGregor isn’t playing just any old holy man or demon:
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Review: Angels & Demons (dir. Ron Howard, 2009)

It may have been boring and heretical, but the film version of The Da Vinci Code was also one of the biggest international hits of all time when it came out three years ago — bigger than The Passion of The Christ, bigger than the Narnia movies, bigger even than at least one of the Star Wars movies. So it was pretty much inevitable that Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard would reunite for an adaptation of the other Dan Brown novel that features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. [Read more...]

Review: The Island (dir. Michael Bay, 2005)

The Island is a movie about clones, and so it comes as no surprise that the movie is, itself, something of a clone. But it is also something of a chimera; that is, it seems like the sort of movie you would get if you took pieces of two very different movies and squished them together, and the result is a monstrosity.

On the one hand, we have a dystopian science-fiction movie about people who live in an artificial environment under a totalitarian regime, oblivious to the fact that they are actually clones who have been manufactured as spare parts, or “insurance policies,” for the rich and famous of the world. The all-white production design and the theme of escape, as two clones try to break out of their world, brings George Lucas’s THX 1138 to mind; but the emphasis on genetic engineering and sterile perfection recalls Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca, and the way the creators of this society use comfort and fear to discourage curiosity about the outside world — all of the inhabitants believe they are survivors of a global catastrophe — recalls Peter Weir’s The Truman Show (also written by Niccol).

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