Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
While the Register may have been premature in erroneously posting the trailer for “Mary, Mother of the Christ” which turned out not to be a trailer for the film, Variety and Hollywood Reporter have announced some of the talent for the forthcoming film.
Camilla Belle, pictured from “10,000 BC”, will play Mary. Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play the dual roles of the angel Gabriel and Lucifer. Peter O’Toole will play Simeon. Al Pacino and Jessica Lange are reportedly in talks to play Herod and Anna the Prophetess. Mary Aloe is producing the film. Alejandro Agresti is directing. The screenplay is by Benedict Fitzgerald, co-writer of “The Passion of the Christ,” and Barbara Nicolosi.
“This is not a Christmas movie. This is a part of Mary’s life that has never been shown on the big screen before,” said Aloe. “It takes us through Mary’s youth, young love, her life as a new mother and the triumph through the absolute terror of Herod the Great’s reign. It is truly a story of real female empowerment.”