After his popular roles as Wolverine and Jean Valjean, actor Hugh Jackman is set to play another iconic figure.
Jackman will be appearing as the apostle Paul in the newest faith-based film to be produced in Hollywood.
Not since Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” has a movie based on the bible been this high-profile, with producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck behind the film as well.
According to fans, Hollywood has seen a recent spate of biblical films, with movies such as the Russel Crowe starrer “Noah,” and “Exodus: Gods And Kings” starring Christian Bale and directed by Ridley Scott.
“Apostle Paul” is the latest one. According to the biblical narrative, Paul wasn’t always the servant of Christ that he is now widely known to be.
He was formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, a devoute Jew who persecuted Christians.
The bible says that Saul encountered Christ himself, while the young zealot was on his way to arrest Christians in Damascus.
He took on the new name Paul, and went on to build churches all over Asia Minor and Europe.
Majority of the books of the New Testament are also written by Paul.
Jackman himself is not a Christian, though he is known to have been raised by a father who is a born again Christian.
In an interview with Parade magazine, the “Wolverine” actor revealed that his dad took him to see Billy Graham preach in Australia.
“He takes his religion very seriously and would prefer I go to church,” Jackman shared.
Not much is known about what this new movie on the apostle’s life will focus on.
But it is of interest to fans that two of the film’s backers are A-listers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
The duo have dipped into religious-themed material before, notably appearing as Bartleby and Loki, the fallen angels in Kevin Smith’s irreverent film “Dogma,” which came out in 1999.