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“Young Messiah” Released This Week!

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There is a new biblically inspired film called Young Messiah, set to be released on March 11, 2016 (two weeks before Easter Sunday). There is definitely an obvious movement of faith-based and Bible-based films being produced in Hollywood. I personally think there is a movement happening that is causing an awakening in not just film, but also on TV (e.g., The Bible series) and in music as well (artists like Lecrae, Tori Kelly and Colton Dixon).

According to the International Movie Database (IMDB), the film Young Messiah is directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and features actors such as Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones), David Bradley, Sara Lazzaro (who plays Mary,) Adam Greaves-Neal (who plays Jesus) and more.

IMDB says that the film “Tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity.”

Watch the movie trailer here.

The film is based on a book called Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, which is by Anne Rice. The film’s title was changed from the book title to The Young Messiah because the director felt that the title represents what the film really is about. The director wanted the film to be more true to the Jesus of the Bible. Patheos quoted the director as saying, “This new title better conveys how our film seeks to present a realistic portrait of Jesus as a child both grounded in faith and consistent with the adult Jesus revealed in the Bible.”

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Of course there are controversies when depicting the Son of God, and when depicting Jesus Christ, as some believers think it is blasphemous to portray our Lord in a film based on a book by a woman named Anne Rice, and/or some people struggle with how true the storyline is to the Bible. Obviously there is going to be a secular influence on the story line, as it is Hollywood, so watch with a grain of salt. On the other side, being optimistic, the film could spark an interest in who Jesus is and could lead some to possibly want to read the Bible. Either way, do you embrace biblically inspired films or no?

[Sources: cinemablend.com/new/Young-Messiah-Trailer-Looks-Biblical-Dramatic-Epic-83357.html; patheos.com/blogs/filmchat/2015/09/first-look-the-young-messiah-based-on-anne-rices-christ-the-lord-out-of-egypt-and-yes-the-film-has-a-new-title.html]

PI Girls, comment below if you will see the film and if you think making biblically inspired films is a good or bad thing. God bless you!

[Images: Focus Features]

Image: Focus Features

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  1. AnnaofArendelle

    Posted by AnnaofArendelle on March 9, 2016 at 16:24

    I heard this advertised on the radio today, and I totally want to see it. I am a bid supporter of Biblical films, even if they don’t get all the details right. As long as people are learning about our Lord and Savior, they have a chance to read the real Bible and get to know Him, like you said in the article. In my opinion it is ok to be creative and depict Jesus as a child, because it is interesting cinematically. As long as the depiction doesn’t go against the character traits we know about Jesus. And we can always check the Bible to learn the truth about Jesus. I always wanted this Bible to have more info about Jesus as a youth, so that’s why I am excited for this film.
    Thanks for the article!

  2. Thescriptureway

    Posted by Thescriptureway on March 9, 2016 at 11:05

    Its very unscriptural. How can they know all this stuff when there is little record of it in scripture?