Stephen Moyer is Set to Crucify in ‘Killing Jesus’
October 6, 2014 by Rachel Tsoumbakos
The True Blood Actor Will Take on the Role of Pontius Pilate:
National Geographic channel has announced it will be adapting Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s novel, Killing Jesus. The book delves into the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring his life and the reasons behind his crucifixion. It will be turned into a four hour mini series with the cast just being announced. Among the fine list of actors is Stephen Moyer (who played vampire Bill Compton in HBO’s True Blood) who has taken on the role of Pontius Pilate, the man who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus.
The full list of cast and characters so far includes Haaz Sleiman (Jesus), Kelsey Grammer (King Herod), Rufus Sewell (Caiaphas), Abhin Galeya (John the Baptist), Stephanie Leonidas (Salome), Aneurin Barnard (James), Tamsin Egerton (Pontius’s wife, Claudia), Joe Doyle (Judas), Alexis Rodney ( Simon, also known as Peter), Eoin Macken (Antipas), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Herodia, ex-wife of Herod II and wife of his brother Antipas). John Rhys Davies (Annas), Vernon Dobtcheff (Isaiah) and John Lynch (Nicodemus).
This adaptation is the third the National Geographic channel has aired. Killing Kennedy was Emmy nominated in 2013 and Killing Lincoln which aired in February 2013. Walon Green is set to write the script with Executive producers Bill O’Reilly, Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Mary Lisio listed as executive producers. Chris Menaul will direct Killing Jesus which is due to start filming in the fall.
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Source: Deadline – ‘Killing Jesus’ Casting News: Kelsey Grammer To Play King Herod, Stephen Moyer Is Pontius Pilate
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