Pope Francis to appear in children's movie
Is Pope Francis gunning for the EGOT? Just a few months after releasing his debut rock record, Wake Up!, His Holiness is now set to appear in a feature film.
Beyond the Sun, from AMBI Pictures, is a family film about children from different cultures learning to emulate the apostles and understand the message of Jesus’ parables. Pope Francis will portray himself in the film, having inspired its creation by asking the filmmakers to make a children’s movie about Jesus’ teachings. All proceeds from Beyond the Sun will go to two charities for at-risk youth, El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, both located in Francis’ native Argentina.
“Our excitement and gratitude toward His Holiness, Pope Francis participating in this film is beyond words,” AMBI co-founder Andrea Iervolino said in a statement. “This is not just a movie for us, it’s a message, and who better to have on your side to deliver an important societal and spiritual message than the Pope. This movie will provide funds to support extremely worthwhile causes that we take very seriously. This message and cause are very dear to the entire AMBI family and we are honored and inspired by the level of collaboration from the Vatican.”
Filming for Beyond the Sun is set to begin in early 2016 in Italy.