Jesus Graduates to the Big Screen: First Trailer of ‘Son of God’ Revealed!
Diogo Morgado plays Jesus in 'Son of God' (Photo: 20th Century Fox)
Meet the simple carpenter whose unlikely adventure puts him on quest to save the world. In this "Son of God" trailer, we get the stunningly handsome Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado joining the ranks of notable thespians like Willem Dafoe and James Caviezel in the exclusive club of Actors Who Have Played Jesus of Nazareth.
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Actually, he joined the club earlier this year. "Son of God" was seen on the small screen in March as part of "The Bible," the 10-hour miniseries produced by Hollywood power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Burnett, the producer of hit reality shows such as "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," and Downey, best known for her portrayal of the angel Monica on "Touched by an Angel," were inspired to tackle the ambitious project after watching "The Ten Commandments" (1956) for the first time since their respective childhoods.
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"Son of God" mixes part of "The Bible" with scenes that weren't included in the original telecast in bringing the story of Jesus to life, from him being born of the Virgin Mary (portrayed by Downey) through his crucifixion at the hands of the Romans and finally his resurrection.
The film looks to be exploring Jesus's ministry perhaps more in-depth than previous adaptations, with much of the trailer being dedicated to his performing of miracles. Curing the sick and feeding the hungry is just some of what is handled with a welcome sense of gentle humor, such as when he tells his future apostle Peter that he's "going fishing" before making dozens of fish appear in the net.
The trailer isn't without a sense of danger as well. The events leading up to Jesus's arrest and crucifixion have a particularly ominous tone, though the filmmakers will undoubtedly be presenting this chapter much less, well, graphically than Mel Gibson did in the astonishingly violent "The Passion of the Christ" (2004).
Yes, you've heard this story before, probably many times. But luckily it's good enough to hear — and see — again.
"Son of God" will be released in theaters on Feb. 28, five days before Ash Wednesday.