The Wrap reports that Alister Grierson has been tapped to direct the film. The screenplay is co-written by Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote The Passion of the Christ and later sued Mel Gibson for unfair deprivation of compensation for the movie. The other writer is Barbara Nicolosi, Director of the Galileo Film Studio at Azusa Pacific University.
The Wrap writes:
Israeli actress Odeya Rush has been cast in the title role, while other actors will include Julia Ormond and Peter O’Toole. The press release announcing the deal says that producers Mary Aloe and Shawn Williamson are currently negotiating with “one of England’s most famous Academy Award winners” to play Herod.
The release also couldn’t resist describing the Biblical tale in Hollywood terms, claiming that “Mary Mother of Christ” is “considered to be the Biblical prequel to the story of ‘The Passion of the Christ.'”
Filming is scheduled to start in the summer. The film will be marketed to faith communities with the help of controversial television preacher Joel Osteen, Pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, TX.
Being as how the Biblical story is all about redemption, the worldviews seem to clash.
This article has been updated to reflect that Barbara Nicolosi is Director of the Galileo Film Studio, which is housed at Azusa Pacific University but separate from their Department of Theater, Film and Television. Previous versions identified her as the head of the Film Department.