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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

"The Nativity" Film on Its Way

A new movie is on the way about Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. It's to be called Nativity and will be released this coming December.

To the left is the young New Zealender girl, Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was nominated for an Oscar for Whale Rider. She is playing Mary.

The initial reports are that the movie will be a respectful telling of the story of Mary in Nazareth, her betrothal to Joseph, the visit of the angel Gabriel, Mary's visit to Elizabeth, the Roman census and the journey to Bethelem, the birth of Christ, the visit of the wise men, and the flight to Egypt to escape Herod's wrath. It appears that the script is faithful to the Gospel narratives and fills in certain narrative blanks with pious tradition.

I am anxious to read more. This could be a wonderful film for the Christmas season or another hotbed of religious controversy. The information available suggests it'll be more the former than the latter.

Check out more here.

UPDATE: I've seen the film and comment on it here.

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Wendy said...

Yeah I can't wait for this film. I think they are choosing people who probably more resemble the actual people than those we see in paintings. I think the Whale Rider girl will be awesome. She's even about the right age. Can't wait, can't wait.

RC said...

I think this'll be a really interesting film, i'm actually surprised that the film hasn't gotten more press...

I've posted some extra information on my own blog about those who are involved in the film and the general story.

Strange Culture: Nativity (in theaters December 1, 2006)

I hope you enjoy this.

--RC of

~Mark said...

I thought Whale Rider was a great movie and that yougn miss Hughes is a natural actress. Wendy's point is well-taken too: it's nice to see such care going into the selection of the cast in terms of how they may have actually looked.

queen_spoo said...

I thought Keisha was great in Whale Rider...Greatly anticipating her next big role as Mary!

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