Ewan McGregor’s Faith-Based ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Bought by Broad Green

Broad Green Pictures has acquired Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days in the Desert,” starring Ewan McGregor in a dual role as Jesus and the Devil, for a 2016 release.

The film also stars Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer. Producers are Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Wicks Walker of Division Films.

Last Days in the Desert” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert, including a battle with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis.

The cinematographer is Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, who has won the last two Oscars for best cinematography for “Birdman” and “Gravity.” Garcia worked with Lubezki on “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” which was awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Broad Green Pictures will release the film through do-it-yourself distributor Tugg, the first time the two companies have partnered on a release following Broad Green’s investment in Tugg last year.  “Last Days” will also be supported through specialty marketing agency Different Drummer.

Tugg touts itself as a “cinema-on-demand” releasing platform that allows people to request screenings at local theaters.

“‘Last Days in the Desert’ is an ambitious and unique film that deserves an equally-as-unique release plan and pattern,” said Dylan Wiley, Broad Green’s president of specialty releasing.

The deal was brokered on behalf of the filmmakers by WME Global, while Wiley and Christopher Tricarico handled for Broad Green Pictures. Hanway Films is handling international sales for the film.

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