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Boffo: Jim Caviezel plays St. Luke in new film about the apostle Paul

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actor Jim Caviezel attends "Escape Plan" New York Premiere at Regal E-Walk on October 15, 2013 in New York City. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images/AFP
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Details from Variety:

James FaulknerJim CaviezelOlivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley, and John Lynch are starring in historical drama “Paul, Apostle of Christ” with shooting starting in Malta, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sony Pictures is producing “Paul, Apostle of Christ” through its faith-based Affirm Films label. The movie is directed by Andrew Hyatt (“Full of Grace”) from his own screenplay. Producers are David Zelon (“Soul Surfer”) and T.J. Berden (“Full of Grace”).

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.”

Read on.

And there’s even more from Kate O’Hare at Family Theater Productions’ blog.

The movie is to be released next year.

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