Hugh Jackman to Star in ‘Apostle Paul’ Biblical Drama for Producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are about to get themselves some of that faith-based drama money. Cha-ching. The duo are producing the upcoming biblical drama Apostle Paul, with Hugh Jackman signing on to star as the film’s titular protagonist, a man responsible for writing almost half of the books in the New Testament. In modern terms, yeah, he was kind of a big deal.
According to Deadline, Jackman will play the role of Paul, the apostle formerly known as Saul of Tarsus. Saul spent his time pre-Jesus happily persecuting Christians until one day, on the road to Damascus, he encountered a vision of the crucified savior, resurrected as a brilliant, glowing light. That was enough to put the fear of, uh, Jesus into Saul, who became the apostle Paul, and committed his life to spreading the good word and penning several books in the New Testament.
Like Russell Crowe in Noah before him, Jackman will likely bring some of that signature intensity (and awards attention, no doubt) to the role of redeemed apostle. Though it will probably be nowhere near as nervy and strange as Darren Aronofsky’s project (too bad, huh), Apostle Paul sounds like it’ll at least be a bit more interesting than other, recent faith-based dramas like God’s Not Dead and Christian Mingle (yeah, remember that?).
For now, Affleck and Damon are merely producing the project based on a script by Matt Cook. No word yet on who might direct.