The tallest man in Canada, 7'8 tall Jerry Sokolosky, has been chosen to play Philistine warrior Goliath in the upcoming "David and Goliath" movie. Director Tim Chey explained that the filmmakers did not want to use a CGI imitation for the part.
"Jerry was a tremendous blessing," Chey said in a press release. "We didn't want to create a CGI imitation like 'The Incredible Hulk' and so our casting directors set out to find the biggest guy and he's very big."
The $50 million biblical epic, set for an early 2015 nationwide theater release, wrapped up principal photography in North Africa and in studios in London earlier in July, and is currently in post-production in Los Angeles. more >>
A new video clip has been released this week detailing the building of the ark for Darren Aronofsky's film "Noah," released in March. This most recent clip was revealed to promote the movie's digital and blue ray releases.
In the 1:23 clip, Mark Friedberg, production designer for the film, explains that he and Aronofsky, the film's director, wanted to use their building design to convey that the ark had been built in haste, not carrying much artistic design but rather to show that it was built as a shipping vessel to transport all of God's creation, as found in the Genesis flood narrative.
"The basic idea we wanted to convey was that the ark was built in haste," Friedberg recalls in the clip. "We took the Bible at its word for its dimensions — the height, the length and the width. It didn't give any indication of a design." more >>
A new film will focus on the friendship of two British authors responsible for some of the most popular fantasy series in recent decades.
The close relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, will be at the heart of a new $18 million film, according to Entertainment Weekly earlier this week.
"Tolkien & Lewis," which will be produced by the UK-based Attractive Films is described as a "drama fantasy set in war torn Britain in 1941 revealing the faith, friendship and rivalry" of the two authors. It will be directed by Simon West and written by Jacqueline Cook more >>
Frustration with an all-white main cast in "Exodus: Gods and Kings" was voiced earlier this week in the hashtag campaign, #BoycottExodusMovie.
The Old Testament epic is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Christian Bale as Moses, Aaron Paul as Joshua, John Turturro as Seti, Ben Kingsley as Nun and Sigourney Weaver as Tuya. Earlier this month, Entertainment Weekly released initial photos of the film release, which Twitter users quickly pointed out showed that while Moses, Pharaoh and other Egyptian royalty were played by white actors, black actors were cast as slaves.
This is not the first time that biblical films have been criticized for "whitewashing." In an op-ed for Sojourners last year, Ryan Herring noted that his initial excitement for "Noah" and "Exodus" turned to "disdain" after realizing that "not a single one of the leading roles in either movie was given to a person of Middle Eastern descent." more >>
Some of Hollywood's A-list actors are set to star in a film that will document the life of Michael Glatze, a Christian pastor who married a woman after renouncing his former homosexual lifestyle.
Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts will join James Franco in the film "Michael," set to begin production this month. Quinto, who starred in Star Trek, will play the former boyfriend of Franco's character while Roberts will co-star as Franco's girlfriend.
"I'm grateful to God that He is going to get the glory in the midst of this movie and we are praying that it will be an honest movie," Michael Glatze told The Christian Post. "I am excited to see all the build-up, and know that good quality actors and actresses are getting involved." more >>
In the middle of the making of "The Perfect Wave," a film in limited release across the U.S. today, director Bruce MacDonald wasn't sure he could continue filming. His son had just nearly died in a downhill skateboarding accident.
"When Matthew had the accident, at that point, I went to my producer and said I'm not sure I can do this film. This is one attack too many," MacDonald told The Christian Post this week. "I think God wanted to show me that He is all-powerful. That's why He healed my son and the whole message of the film is about God's grace and God's forgiveness, and His healing power."
In an amazing parallel to his son's near-death experience, "The Perfect Wave" is about the true story of Ian McCormack, who "miraculously awakens" following a divine post-mortem encounter and is transformed with a new understanding of life. more >>