Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer Join Cast of National Geographic Channel’s ‘Killing Jesus’

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Kelsey Grammer and Stephen Moyer have joined the cast of National Geographic Channel’s telepic “Killing Jesus,” from Scott Free Productions.

Grammer (“Partners”) will star as King Herod, unrelenting Roman King of Judea. Moyer (“True Blood”) will play Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered Jesus’ crucifixion.

John Rhys Davies (“Indiana Jones”), Haaz Sleiman (“The Visitor”) and Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”), also star, with other cast members including Rufus Sewell (“Hercules”), Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”), Abhin Galeya (“The Bill”), Stephanie Leonidas (“Defiance”), Aneurin Bernard (“The White Queen”), Vernon Dobtcheff (“Before Sunset”), Tamsin Egerton (“The Look of Love”), John Lynch (“Sliding Doors”) and Alexis Rodney (“Guardians of the Galaxy”).

Based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, the film will chronicle the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of political, social and historical conflicts during the Roman Empire surrounding his death.

“Killing Jesus” is set to begin filming this fall, with Chris Menaul directing and teleplay from Walon Green.  O’Reilly will executive produce the project, along with Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Mary Lisio and Teri Weinberg.

“Killing Jesus” is the third Nat Geo/Scott Free telepic production based on O’Reilly’s popular “Killing” historical novel series, following “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln.”

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  1. wundering2 says:

    Wonder why they decide to switch from telling real peoples stories to talking about fictional characters?

    • purplejoy says:

      What fictional characters?

      • GKN says:

        Yes, ever occur to you that the character really existed even if the stories about him were a little bit…um, embroidered? I don’t know of any serious historian who doubted that Jesus existed. There were too many stories about him, even if a great many reflected the wild and magical beliefs and thinking of the era – as even some early ‘Church Fathers’ realized. (‘Pious frauds’ some of them called them.) I wonder if they’ll use any of that. Or chicken out…

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