The movie Killing Jesus is all set to make its premiere on March 29, Palm Sunday on the National Geographic Channel, according to author Bill O’Reilly.
“Killing Jesus” is based on the best-selling book by television host Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, and also stars Kelsey Grammer as King Herod and Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” director Ridley Scott is one of the executive producers.
Actor Haaz Sleiman, was born in 1976 in UAE from Lebanese parents, moved to Lebanon at age 10 where he was raised till his early 20s when he emigrated to the United States. His real name is Hasan Ali Hajj Sleiman, and he declares that used to pray 5 times a day as a Muslim. Haaz studied at the LAU ( Lebanese American Universtiy) in Beirut. He appears to be breaking the mold in his portrayal of Christianity’s most revered figure.
Lebanese Sleiman will play the Christ role in the upcoming mini-series “Killing Jesus,” and recently discussed the far-reaching significance of the role.
Sleiman, who was raised in the Islamic faith, explained Jesus’ importance to Muslims when he addressed reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California on Wednesday.
“Islam believes that Jesus is a prophet, and they honor him — highly — and they respect him and they follow his teachings,” Sleiman said. “So, for me, as somebody who was raised Muslim, it is an honor to actually play Jesus, just because of that.”
The 34-year-old said that Jesus’ messages of love, not judging others, and other teachings delivered him from a “dark relationship” he once had with himself.
“I also, myself, for the past 10 years, have been shaped by Jesus,” he admitted. “I really believe in his teachings.”
The actor also expressed a positive attitide when asked about the criticism that he and the show’s executives have faced because of the casting choice.
Sleiman was born and raised in Lebanon, and moved to the United States when he was 21 years old. The actor was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his work on “The Visitor,” and has also appeared on “Nurse Jackie,” “Covert Affairs,” and “24.”
The three-hour event will depict the life and death of Jesus, and will air on the National Geographic Channel this year.
Let’s wait and see what the critics and religious references would have to say about it: is i going to be welcomed or rejected as the last movie about Jesus Christ, : “Son of God”.