Killing Jesus: The Best-Selling Book Comes to National Geographic Channel
By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
In 2015, Bill O’Reilly’s book on the history surrounding the life and death of Jesus will be translated to a miniseries on National Geographic Channel. The show has slated a diverse cast, including Lebanese actor Haaz Sleiman as Jesus.
O’Reilly’s book focuses on the historical aspects of Jesus’ life and death, especially concerning the Roman Empire at the time, and the show will presumably do the same. While not a spiritually-focused series, it will be presenting the contrast of the tumultuous world where Jesus preached a message of love and forgiveness.
In a statement, the National Geographic Channel said, “The film will chronicle the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of the intense political, social and historical conflicts during the Roman Empire that ultimately led to his death. Jesus lived at a time when the Roman Empire dominated the Western world, and he made powerful enemies while preaching a philosophy of peace and love. Today, more than 2.2 billion people follow his teachings, but the intimate historical details of the time usually remain secondary to his story.”
Though not set to premiere until 2015, the show has already begun to attract attention both for its historical portrayal and ethnically diverse cast, and looks promising.
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