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Jesus resurrects on the big screen
Mel Gibson (right in the picture) directed "The Passion of the Christ" from 2004. Photo: AP/Icon Productions, File

Jesus resurrects on the big screen 

Right now, it is Easter time and Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who came back to life three days after he was crucified by the Romans.

It is 2000 years ago that Jesus came back to life, and next year, he will resurrect once again – on the big screen.

A lot of people probably remember Mel Gibson’s biblical drama “The Passion of the Christ” from 2004, which depicts Jesus’ final 12 hours.

The movie grossed over $622 million worldwide and is the highest-grossing Christian film ever, but soon it might get competition, as a sequel is set to be released in 2021.

Passion of the Christ Resurrection
“The Passion of the Christ” is the highest-grossing Christian movie of all time.

A masterpiece in the works

Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in the original movie, will again be depicting Christ in “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection,” like Mel Gibson will be in the director’s chair once more.

Writer Randall Wallace will be joining Mel Gibson in the creation of the movie, which is going to dive into the three days between Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

The movie has been in the works for years now, and Jim Caviezel recently implied that it is going to be something out of the ordinary.

“It is going to be a masterpiece. It is going to be the biggest film in world history, I believe it will be based on what I feel in my heart,” he said in March.

Passion of the Christ Resurrection
The sequel will depict the three days between Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

No superhero like Jesus

At the same time, Jim Caviezel stated that the sequel is on the fifth draft of the screenplay right now and that he is honored to be playing the part of Jesus.

“It is so imperative in this time. These films can’t be made now. The films they make are Marvel Comics movies. You will see Superman. You will not see Jesus… I got to play the greatest superhero there ever was,” he said.

So far, three other actors from “The Passion of the Christ” are expected to return in the sequel. Those are Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov and Francesco De Vito. They will once again be playing Mary, John and Peter, respectively.

Passion of the Christ Resurrection
Jim Caviezel will again play Jesus Christ in “Passion of the Christ: Resurrection.”

As close to reality as possible

Like the original movie, the languages spoken in “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection” are set to be Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew.

With the first film, Mel Gibson wanted to get as close to reality as possible by letting Jesus, his followers and the Romans speak the languages that they in fact spoke 2000 years ago.

Mel Gibson and Benedict Fitzgerald first wrote the screenplay in English and afterward had it translated into Latin. Subsequently, the Jesuit priest William Fulco translated the lines into a reconstructed form of Aramaic.

According to IMDB, the movie will hit theaters on March 31st 2021.

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