August, Bale topline ‘Mary’

Segue from 'Psycho' to 'Jesus' for Bale

Pernilla August and Christian Bale have been cast in the title roles of NBC’s two-hour vidpic, “Mary & Jesus.”

The telefilm, directed by Kevin Conner (NBC’s “Diana: Her True Story”), began production in Budapest this week and will air Nov. 14.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Bobby Shriver serve as exec producers and Howard Ellis produces through his Commodore Prods.

The vidpic centers on Mary and her pivotal role as protector of her son. Story shows how her faith was constantly tested as she endured Jesus’ suffering and death, and dedicated the rest of her life to delivering his message.

Shriver’s previous producing credits include Fox’s actioner “True Lies” and “Black Cat Run.” Kennedy Shriver is the founder and honorary chairman of Special Olympics Intl. and exec VP of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation.

August last appeared as Anakin Skywalker’s mother in “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace.” She received a best actress nod at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992 for her perf in “The Best Intentions.”

Brit thesp Bale received a National Board of Review award when he debuted in Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun.” He most recently starred in Fox Searchlight’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and has just completed lensing on “American Psycho.”

August and Bale are repped by CAA.

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