Jim Caviezel inside the Enthusiasm of the Christ (2004) BY SAEED NASIR

 

Mel Gibson’s sequel to The Interest of the Christ will “impact the audience”, its leading professional Jim Caviezel has said.

Caviezel, who performed Jesus Christ in the 2004 film, validated within an interview with USA Today that he is on board to reprise the role in Gibson’s long-awaited sequel.

The 49-year-old acting professional was tight-lipped about details for the task. “A couple of things i cannot say that will shock the audience,” he said. “I won’t let you know how [Gibson is] heading to start it… But I’ll tell you anywhere near this much, the film he’ll do is going to be the biggest film ever sold. It’s that good.”

Caviezel, who also shows up in the forthcoming film Paul, Apostle of Christ, added: “Braveheart, that is clearly a film that had taken a long time to be able to crack. A similar thing for Passion. And the same thing for this. He’s finally got it. So that is coming.”

The sequel, The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection, has been around the works for quite some time. Gibson first uncovered the title of the film in 2016, detailing at the time that you won’t be a easy “chronological showing” of Christ’s resurrection.

 

Sections of the film will need place “in another realm”, the director said, and will explore Christ’s experiences in the three times between the crucifixion and the resurrection.

“You’re going everywhere,” Gibson added. “What happened in three times?… I’m uncertain, but it’s worthy of thinking about. Get a imagination heading.”

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Randall Wallace, who worked with Gibson on 1995’s Braveheart, will write the script. “The evangelical community considers The Passion the biggest movie ever out of Hollywood, and they kept revealing to us that they think a sequel will be a great deal larger,” Wallace advised the Hollywood Reporter in 2016.

 

Although its moments of graphic assault proved questionable, The Interest of the Christ was a box-office strike, making more than $600 million worldwide on a budget of $30 million.

It became the highest-grossing R-rated film ever released in the US (though it was later surpassed by 2016’s Deadpool and previous year’s Logan). Even today, it is still the highest grossing non-English words film of all time; its dialogue was formerly written in British, but translated into both Latin and a reconstructed form of Aramaic.