Sunday, 19 April 2015

Hugh Jackman set for Apostle Paul

Soon to appear on our screens as the over the top villain Blackbeard in Joe Wright's (Atonement) Pan, Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) is looking to get a little religious for a future film. News arrives via Deadline that is set to star in and produce faith-based drama Apostle Paul for Warner Bros.

Matt Cook is tackling the screenplay retelling the biblical tale of Saul of Tarsus, who was known as a persecutor of Christians. But while travelling on the road to Damascus, he was struck by a light from heaven and the voice of Jesus telling him to change his ways, to enter the city and receive his instructions. Saul became Paul, renounced his former ways and became one of the main apostles of Christianity, eventually writing 14 of the 27 books that make up the New Testament.

Matt Damon (Promised Land) and Ben Affleck (Argo) are aboard this one as producers, and it appears they're looking to tap into both the growing faith-based market and the current trend for movies based on Biblical tales.

Jackman, as mentioned, will be part of Pan (out 17 July), and is currently filming Dexter Fletcher's (Sunshine On Leith) sports biopic Eddie The Eagle alongside Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service). He hinted recently that he is ready to stop playing Wolverine after the next solo outing (due in 2017), although that doesn't preclude him showing up in some capacity for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse, which is about to kick off shooting.

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