Jim Caviezel in talks to resurrect Jesus role in Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ sequel
The second coming of Jim Caviezel as Jesus could be on the horizon.
EW has confirmed the 49-year-old actor is in talks to resurrect his role as the religious figure for a planned sequel to Mel Gibson’s 2004 hit The Passion of the Christ, which chronicled the final 12 days in Jesus’ life before his crucifixion.
“It’s probably about three years off, because it’s a big subject,” Gibson told Stephen Colbert of the film, tentatively titled Resurrection, during a November 2016 interview. “It’s more than [the] single event [in the title], it’s an amazing event…. And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story. To sort of enlighten what that means. It’s not just about the event; it’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that.’”
Earlier that year, the first film’s writer (and Oscar-nominated scribe who penned Gibson’s best picture winner Braveheart), Randall Wallace, revealed he was working on Resurrection‘s screenplay, telling The Hollywood Reporter he was focused on tackling “a huge and sacred subject.”
Produced for $30 million, the first Passion of the Christ film earned middling reviews from critics, but became a global hit at the box office, raking in a massive $370 million domestically and a further $241 million overseas for a global haul of just under $612 million. It went on to receive three Oscar nominations — including for its cinematography, original score, and makeup.
Passion marked a high point in the career of Caviezel, who has appeared primarily in smaller projects following the film’s success. His most recent project, Paul, Apostle of Christ (out March 28), is also adapted from a Biblical story.