Hugh Jackman will star in and produce faith-based drama “Apostle Paul” for Warner Bros.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will also produce through their Warner-based Pearl Street banner along with Jennifer Todd and Chris Clarke. Courtenay Valenti and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee “Apostle Paul” for the studio.
Matt Cook is writing the screenplay about Paul, who had been persecuting Christians as Saul of Tarsus. According to Biblical accounts, as he neared Damascus a light from heaven flashed around him and he heard a voice say, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Paul became an apostle of Christianity, is said to have written 14 of the 27 books in the New Testament and founded many churches.
Jackman will be seen next in July as Blackbeard in “Pan,” which opens in July for Warner Bros., and stars in the next Wolverine film, which opens March 3, 2017.
Jackman, Affleck, Damon and Cook all are repped by WME. Jackman is also repped by attorneys Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Cook is also repped by Anonymous Content.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.