Filming on "Christ The Lord" begins March, 2013 in Italy.
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From the Academy Award winning producers of three Harry Potter films comes the upcoming epic feature film "Christ The Lord," based on the best-selling novel "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" by Anne Rice. The casting directors are accepting online self-taped video auditions from boys ages 7-10 to play the starring role of Jesus as a child. Filming begins on March 6, 2013 and will continue through the end of May, 2013. There will also be 2-4 weeks paid rehearsal prior to filming. The shoot will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for the person chosen.
In "Christ The Lord," seven-year-old Jesus narrates the story of his extended family's trek from Alexandria, Egypt, to Nazareth. The story opens with the death and resurrection of Eleazer, both of which young Jesus is responsible for. After an angry mob shows up on Joseph and Mary's doorstep, they decide to leave Egypt in favor of the Holy Land, despite the protests of Jesus' teacher and Philo, a nobleman who has taken an interest in the thoughtful boy. But Joseph will not be swayed, and the family sets sail, with aunts, uncles, and cousins in tow as well. The journey is not an easy one, and more hardship awaits them in Jerusalem, which is in turmoil after the death of corrupt King Herod, and in Nazareth, which is overrun with Roman soldiers.
Filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh will direct "Christ The Lord" from an adapted screenplay written by himself and his wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh. The Nowrastehs became interested in the project after "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" author Anne Rice wrote a raving review of the Cyrus Nowrasteh directed film "The Stoning of Soraya M." on her Facebook page. Nowrasteh also wrote and produced the highly controversial ABC/Disney miniseries "The Path to 9/11". Other credits include producing/writing for the Golden Globe Award winning CBS series "Falcon Crest", and writer/director on the Showtime movie "The Day Reagan Was Shot".
Academy Award nominees Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, and BAFTA Award winner Mark Radcliffe will produce for 1492 Pictures. The three have produced such films as "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," and "The Help". Patricia Chun is producing for CJ Entertainment. Mike Witherill, Keo Melvin Lee, and Sean Lee will also produce.
Anne Rice has written a second novel in this series titled "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana," which begins during Jesus' last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at Cana. It is a novel in which we see Jesus during a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea. Rice is currently working on the third book in the series, which will conclude with a fourth novel.
The casting directors in Los Angeles and London are conducting an international talent search for the following:
He is a very special seven-year-old boy with a buoyant energy and magnetic charm, as well as quiet intensity. In many ways a normal young boy, he is beginning to understand his divine nature; at times we see in him a soulful quality, an unspoken intelligence and a deep stillness. Should have no specific regional accent. They will be looking at boys who are age 7 to 10 and will consider children of any ethnicity.
To be considered, a self-taped audition video can be uploaded to the official "Christ The Lord" casting website hosted by Cast It Talent:
"Christ The Lord" Open Casting Call
There is no fee whatsoever to submit.
Los Angeles area talent who submitted previously DO NOT RE-SUBMIT.
Principal Actor Casting
See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.
Barnes & Bronson Casting
650 N. Bronson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Associate - Ashley Llewelling
Suzanne Smith Casting
15 Crinan Street
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
1492 Films, Inc.
12711 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
5670 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036
Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe, Mike Witherill, Sean Lee, Patricia Chun, Keo Lee
Writer/Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Starring: To Be Cast
Based on the best-selling novel "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" by Anne Rice, this diligently researched, fictional account imagines the story of Jesus at the ages of 7-8 as he and his ordinary, yet extraordinary, family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth during the turbulent times of the First Century. This beautiful, faith-affirming story follows the young Jesus as he starts to understand his real identity, and transports us into the dreamy imaginings of a child filled with wonder, beauty and miracles.