First Look at A.D. (2015):
NBC Releases First Trailer for Follow-Up to THE BIBLE
By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
NBC TV has just released the first official trailer to promote the mini-series “A.D.”, which will be premiering Easter Sunday 2015. A.D. is set to pick up right where “The Bible” (the popular 2013 miniseries that originally aired on the History Channel) left off.
This version of “A.D.” is not just a remake of the 1985 NBC television miniseries produced by Vincenzo Labella (a friend of Dr. Ted Baehr), who also produced the TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth in 1977 for NBC, although the new miniseries covers the same time period in the lives of the disciples.
The series will cover the disciples’ stories immediately following Jesus’ crucifixion through his resurrection as well as all the stories from the first 10 chapters of the Book of Acts.
The trailer introduces a diverse cast, including Argentinean actor Juan Pablo Di Pace in the role of Jesus, Zimbabwean actress Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene, and U.K. native Adam Levy as Peter.
As Executive Producer and MOVIEGUIDE® Epiphany Prize and Grace Award winner Roma Downey, who also produced THE BIBLE with husband Mark Burnett, said, “Christianity is among the most diverse movements in history, so when Mark and I looked to bring this epic story of ‘A.D.’ to life on NBC, it was important to us to find a cast as diverse and beautiful as the church is around the world.”
As indicated both in the trailer and the original story, the series will showcase Peter as he strives to build the Christian church as Jesus instructed him and His disciples to do. ‘A.D.’ will also detail the dangers the growing church faced from both the religious leaders and the Roman government.
The miniseries will run from Easter Sunday through Father’s Day.
The trailer is intended to promote the miniseries, so please consult the MOVIEGUIDE(r) review for the full analysis closer to the release date.
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