Popular American televangelist and megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen has been confirmed to be part of a new movie , “The Star,” and the film directors say will be a Christmas classic for this generation.
Coming to theaters on 17 November, “The Star,” will be the first faith-based animation film released in 20 years, on a mass scale since 1998’s “Prince of Egypt.”
Pastor Joel Osteen plays the voice of one of the three wise men, Caspar, as the movie unfolds the story of the first Christmas through the perspective of the animals that traveled with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and witnessed Jesus’ birth.
The Lakewood Church pastor aside, “The Star” features voiceovers from A-list celebrities Tyler Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Tracy Morgan and Oprah Winfrey.
The film follows “a small but brave donkey named Bo [who] yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams.
On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow ‘The Star’ and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told — the first Christmas.”
The movie offers many timely lessons and Bo’s quest for a greater purpose will inspire many. The telling of the birth of the King of Kings will also serve as a reminder for viewers in the midst of much unrest in the world, that Jesus is still the hope of the world.
Directed by Academy Award-nominated writer/director Tim Reckart (“Head Over Heels”) and produced by DeVon Franklin (“Miracles from Heaven”), “The Star” will hit theaters just in time for the holiday season.