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 >>
The much-anticipated trailer has been released for "Exodus: Gods and Kings," starring Christian Bale as Moses, along with a new poster for the biblical epic by Director Ridley Scott.
The one-and-a-half minute trailer focuses heavily on the relationship between Moses and the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), who grew up together as brothers but then rise up against each other over Moses' mission to free the enslaved Hebrews.
The trailer depicts several large-scale action scenes, shows off the big-budget production, and includes snippets of the plagues sent by God on the Egyptian people. more >>
An up-and-coming actor from London has been chosen out of over 4,000 auditions for the lead role in the "David and Goliath" biblical epic, set for an early 2015 nationwide theater release.
Casting was held in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and London to find the right actor to play David for the big-budget movie, which recently wrapped up principal photography in North Africa and in studios in London, before Miles Sloman was selected for the role.
"When Miles auditioned," said director Tim Chey, "I knew instantly he was the one. This was the young King David who could defeat the giant warrior. He showed a lot of courage on the set even falling off a donkey when the helicopter came too close." more >>
Zealot, the controversial book about Jesus Christ written by Muslim author Reza Aslan, is set to be made into a movie by David Heyman, the producer behind the "Harry Potter" series. Deadline.com reported on Monday that Heyman, who is also behind 2013's critically-acclaimed "Gravity," will produce the movie alongside Jeff Clifford. Focus Features Chief James Schamus will be writing the adaptation.
"Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Dr. Aslan sheds light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived," Lionsgate, which acquired the rights for the title in December, said.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, drew controversy in 2013 after several scholars responded to the work, which depicts what it says is the historical Jesus, but leaves out much of the divine inspiration found in the New Testament. more >>