For the first time since portraying Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel will be appearing in another faith-based film. This time, the Person of Interest star will play Luke in writer/director Andrew Hyatt’s Paul, Apostle of Christ, opposite Game of Thrones star James Faulkner as Paul.
While Caviezel has been offered roles in several biblical films since 2004, this is the first project he has accepted. Other projects had planned to change or cut various aspects of the Bible, but Caviezel felt the original stories should have been good enough for Hollywood. He told USA Today, “That’s one of the greatest things about (Paul). You don’t realize it, but it’s actually scriptural.”
Paul’s story is one that Caviezel feels is extremely relevant today. He commented that “[f]orgiveness starts with not just love, but ardent love….It’s really easy to love people who think like you think; it’s very hard to treat someone with a polar opposite view with the same dignity and respect you would treat a friend. That’s this movie’s core message.” He was referring to a scene in the film where Paul keeps Luke from calling for violence against Roman oppression, and instead reinforces the need for forgiveness and understanding.
The movie will hit theaters just before Easter, on March 28 of this year.
You can catch the official trailer of the faith-based drama below.