Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent on the western church calendar, which apparently means today is the day to release new videos promoting TV shows about Jesus that will air at the end of Lent. First we had the trailer for Killing Jesus, which airs on Palm Sunday, and now we have a new video for A.D.: The Bible Continues, which premieres Easter Sunday. Check it out below the jump.
Here is the video:
A few quick comments:
First, Mark Burnett calls the series a “sequel” to The Bible, and Roma Downey calls it “the next part of this story” — but The Bible already covered the trials of Jesus and the entire book of Acts, as well as Revelation, over the course of its last three episodes. Plus, with the possible exception of an angel played by Lonyo Engele, none of the characters in A.D. are played by the same actors who played them in The Bible. So, “sequel” isn’t quite the word I’d use. A follow-up, sure. But not a “sequel”.
Second, note the swooping aerial shots of Jerusalem:
Third, the actor who plays Matthew says, “You can’t just have one look for these people, so we need to have that diversity within the cast.” If he means Romans should look like Romans and Jews should look like Jews, then sure. I’m not sure why it would be so wrong to have “one look” for the Jesus movement itself, though, given that it consisted almost entirely of Galilean Jews prior to the events of Pentecost.
Incidentally, the actor who plays Matthew — one Pedro Lloyd Gardiner — currently has only one other credit on the IMDb, and it, too, is for a Bible movie filmed in Morocco. Specifically, he played Levi, the son of Jacob, in The Red Tent. This is kind of amusing, when you consider what Matthew’s other name in the Bible is.
Finally, I got a big laugh out of the following exchange:
Caiaphas: The Nazarene spread a rumour that he would rise from his own death after three days.
Pontius Pilate: Roman crucifixion really doesn’t allow for that, Caiaphas.
It’s all in the delivery, really.
Check out earlier trailers and other videos here:
- The first trailer (November 26, 2014)
- The ‘By Our Love’ music video (December 19, 2014)
- The ‘The Next Chapter of the Greatest Story Ever Told’ TV spot (January 12, 2015)
- The second trailer (January 17, 2015)
- The Super Bowl spot (February 1, 2015)
- The Newsboys’ ‘We Believe’ music video (February 10, 2015)