Jim Caviezel, the Christian actor who portrayed Jesus Christ in the film “The Passion of the Christ” 14 years ago, said the movie’s sequel will be the “biggest film in history.”
He was speaking about his role in director Mel Gibson’s forthcoming film, “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection.”
In an interview with USA Today, Caviezel, 49, said he had been inspired by discussions he’s had with Gibson about the direction of the project.
“I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it,” he said. “But I’ll tell you this much: The film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good.”
“The Resurrection. Big subject. Oh, my God,” Caviezel said about the subject of the film.
“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,” he added.
Caviezel also said that Gibson had “cracked” the story, much in the same way that he had cracked “Braveheart.”
“Braveheart, that’s a film that took a long time to be able to crack,” Caviezel said. “The same thing for Passion. And the same thing for this. He’s finally got it. So that is coming.”
He might be on to something.
“The Passion of the Christ” earned $370,782,930 overall in the United States and remains the highest grossing R-rated film in North America.
Gibson told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016 that his upcoming film will be about more than just one word.
“It’s more than a single event, it’s an amazing event,” he said.
“And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story, to enlighten what that means. It’s not just about the event; it’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that.’… But what are the other things around it that happened?” he said.
It sounds like it could definitely be another blockbuster for Gibson.
Caviezel did not say when shooting for the film would begin.
In the meantime, audiences can catch Caviezel as the apostle Luke in “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” which opens in theaters on March 28.
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