Affirm Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company focusing on faith-based films — it was behind last year’s “Risen” — has started principal photography in Malta on “Paul, Apostle of Christ.”
Andrew Hyatt (“Full of Grace”) wrote and is directing; David Zelon (“Soul Surfer”) and T.J. Berden (“Full of Grace”) are producers.
Starring are James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones,” “Da Vinci’s Demons”), Caviezel, Olivier Martinez (“Mars,” “Texas Rising”), Joanne Whalley and John Lynch.
From Variety, which broke the story:
The story covers Paul, portrayed by Faulkner, going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle. The movie will follow his last days awaiting execution by Emperor Nero in Rome under the watchful eye of Mauritius, Mamertine Prison’s ambitious prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat.
Martinez is portraying the prefect. As his days grow shorter, Paul works from prison to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and embolden his followers to stand strong in their faith against Roman persecution.
“Next to Jesus, no one played a more central role in the growth of early church than the Apostle Paul,” said Affirm Films executive vice president Rich Peluso. “He wrote a vast swath of the New Testament and traveled more than 10,000 miles by foot to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“Paul changed from murdering Christians to becoming their unlikely leader. His life personifies ‘forgiveness’, a concept that seems almost impossible today- but desperately needed,” says Berden. “We at ODB Films are overjoyed to be working alongside Sony Affirm to share this much needed story with the world.”
ODB Films is a Catholic ministry devoted to spiritual movies.
Set to film through the end of September for a 2018 release, “Paul, Apostle of Christ” is Caviezel’s first Bible role since “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004. He previously worked with Zelon on “When the Game Stands Tall,” a football drama from Affirm.
Image: Courtesy Affirm Films
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