Hugh Jackman is going from the X-Men to the New Testament. The Wolverine will star as the title character in the upcoming film Apostle Paul, which he is producing with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The story of how Saul of Tarsus—a persecutor of early Christians—became the apostle Paul after a supernatural encounter on the road to Damascus seems tailor-made for the big screen. Though he doesn’t claim to be a Christian (he is a follower of the “School of Practical Philosophy”), Jackman seems knowledgeable about faith. In a 2009 interview with Parade, he said that growing up, he frequented Billy Graham crusades with his father who “takes his religion very seriously and would prefer I go to church.”
###This Fall is Primetime for Bibley Entertainment:
Fox’s Nazareth won’t draw from New Testament sources. Instead, the show will focus on “lost years” of Jesus’ youth not discussed in Scripture.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are bringing the controversial comic book, Preacher—about a possessed preacher looking for God—to AMC.
A comic book adaptation, Fox’s Lucifer is based on the completely plausible premise of the Prince of Darkness fighting crime with the LAPD.
ABC’s new epic about King Saul looks “through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd.”