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Hugh Jackman to produce and star in the Biblical film Apostle Paul

03.31.2015

The return of the Biblical epic continues as Hugh Jackman gets into the mix of playing one of the most famous New Testament characters. Jackman is set to star in the title role in APOSTLE PAUL which he will also produce alongside Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The film currently has no director but a script is being drafted by Matt Cook (TRIPLE NINE).

The story of Paul is one of the more detailed stories from the Bible, following the man who would go blind only to have his sight restored. Paul is credited as the author of many of the books of the New Testament, but his story also gets more interesting.

Paul was also the founder of many churches. He began as the son of a Pharisee and steeped in Judaism. However, after being converted by Christ, he continued to preach for God and carried the message of Christ’s word. He was also put in prison for preaching when a miracle occurred. While in chains, he began singing Jesus’ praises and the prison shook like a violent earthquake and his chains fell off and jails doors opened and they left as frightened prison guards allowed them to pass.

Warner Bros is financing and distributing the film which could have a major impact compared to other faith-based films specifically because of Hugh Jackman's star power. The film does not have any major action sequences like EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, but the story is strong enough that this could be Jackman's ticket back to the Oscars. The release date for APOSTLE PAUL is unknown at this time but I would expect it would be fit in before Jackman gets to work on THE WOLVERINE sequel or we won't see it until after 2017.

Source: Deadline

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4:26PM on 04/06/2015

Only interested if they do this *RIGHT*

...meaning they avoid just doing "Paul, as *highlighted* in the Gospels" and instead do "Paul, including the parts of the Gospels that few people are familiar with" such as:
1) Paul calling himself an "apostle" when, in fact, nobody witnessed Jesus making Paul one (all other apostles have other apostles as witnesses to being allowed to take this title upon themselves)
2) Paul usurping the message of Jesus from Peter and especially James (Jesus's brother) who was supposed to be the leader of
...meaning they avoid just doing "Paul, as *highlighted* in the Gospels" and instead do "Paul, including the parts of the Gospels that few people are familiar with" such as:
1) Paul calling himself an "apostle" when, in fact, nobody witnessed Jesus making Paul one (all other apostles have other apostles as witnesses to being allowed to take this title upon themselves)
2) Paul usurping the message of Jesus from Peter and especially James (Jesus's brother) who was supposed to be the leader of the movement after Jesus's death

Basically, show us "Paul, the outsider who forced his way into the Christian movement and ultimately hijacked their message with his own, in direct contradiction to Jesus's wishes" and you've got yourself an interesting movie.
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6:41AM on 04/01/2015

Obvious April Fool's

...is obvious!
...is obvious!
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3:03AM on 04/01/2015
As much respect I have for Hugh Jackman as an actor, I am sick of these so-called biblical epics. If a director like Ridley Scott can't even make a successful one, then what's the point of making more of these?
As much respect I have for Hugh Jackman as an actor, I am sick of these so-called biblical epics. If a director like Ridley Scott can't even make a successful one, then what's the point of making more of these?
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12:31AM on 04/01/2015
I'll stay hopeful but the problem with other Biblical films as of late is they're taking way too many liberties with the stories. If the studio approaches this by staying as faithful to the account as possible they will be successful. If they want to unnecessarily complicate aspects of Paul it will fail. Had a film like Exodus stayed more true to the biblical story it would've been a Christmas season box office hit. Our post 9/11 dark and gritty societal sensibilities work for some things, but
I'll stay hopeful but the problem with other Biblical films as of late is they're taking way too many liberties with the stories. If the studio approaches this by staying as faithful to the account as possible they will be successful. If they want to unnecessarily complicate aspects of Paul it will fail. Had a film like Exodus stayed more true to the biblical story it would've been a Christmas season box office hit. Our post 9/11 dark and gritty societal sensibilities work for some things, but I would say take a page out of the Marvel playbook on this one and give the "fans" the visual story they've been hoping for.
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10:41PM on 03/31/2015
I have no doubts that Jackman will be compelling in the lead role, but please stick with the Biblical account.
I have no doubts that Jackman will be compelling in the lead role, but please stick with the Biblical account.
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7:45PM on 03/31/2015
Haven't really been 'wowed' by any of the recent biblical films as of late, but I have enough faith in Jackman to deliver the goods with a story of this nature.
Haven't really been 'wowed' by any of the recent biblical films as of late, but I have enough faith in Jackman to deliver the goods with a story of this nature.
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6:31PM on 03/31/2015

Hugh Jackman always delivers

but only Mel Gibson has done well with the Biblical epic in recent years. It'll be interesting to see how Jackman approaches this material, and if he's willing to court controversy the way ol' Mel did.
but only Mel Gibson has done well with the Biblical epic in recent years. It'll be interesting to see how Jackman approaches this material, and if he's willing to court controversy the way ol' Mel did.
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6:30PM on 03/31/2015
Is this the April Fools' article?
Is this the April Fools' article?
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5:16PM on 03/31/2015
I wonder how anti-Christian this will be?
I wonder how anti-Christian this will be?
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4:29PM on 04/06/2015
Depends...considering that Paul's message is the one that Christians call "Christianity" moreso than even Jesus's message, the question is : "how well will they show Paul usurping control of the Christ movement away from Jesus's true apostles"?
Depends...considering that Paul's message is the one that Christians call "Christianity" moreso than even Jesus's message, the question is : "how well will they show Paul usurping control of the Christ movement away from Jesus's true apostles"?
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5:04PM on 03/31/2015

I like Jackman and that makes me hopeful, but....

.....seeing Damon and Affleck's names attached makes me think this is going to be another silly Hollywood watered-down version like Exodus and Noah (hence another box office bomb). Seriously, if you want to make a Biblical film, make it Biblical. If not, expect it to lose millions. It's not a complicated formula.
.....seeing Damon and Affleck's names attached makes me think this is going to be another silly Hollywood watered-down version like Exodus and Noah (hence another box office bomb). Seriously, if you want to make a Biblical film, make it Biblical. If not, expect it to lose millions. It's not a complicated formula.
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10:39PM on 03/31/2015
Totally agree with you.
Totally agree with you.
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