Jim Caviezel, the man who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” will play the role again in a sequel that will focus on the Resurrection of Christ.
Tentatively titled ‘The Resurrection’, Gibson has been considering the follow-up film since at least 2016, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Randall Wallace has been working on a script for the story and the events that followed after.
“There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience,” Caviezel told USA Today. “It’s great. Stay tuned.”
Gibson also confirmed that the sequel could take some liberties with the source material.
“What are the other things around it that happened? … They’re in another realm. Sure, you’re going all over the place. What happened in three days?” Gibson told sources. “Is Caviezel’s Christ literally going to Heaven or Hell and back? “I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about. Get your imagination going,”
The 2004 “Passion of the Christ” earned $611 million and was the highest grossing R-rated film in North America.
Randall Wallace, screenwriter for the “Passion of the Christ,” told the Hollywood Reporter at that time that there was more of Jesus’ story to tell on the big screen.
“The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell,” he said.
“The Resurrection. Big subject. Oh, my God,” Gibson told USA Today in 2016. “We’re trying to craft this in a way that’s cinematically compelling and enlightening so that it shines new light, if possible, without creating some weird thing.”
Caviezel will also play in the upcoming film “Paul, Apostle of Christ.”
Additional Reporting by Agencies.