Even Jesus is on board — or at least, the actor who played him last time around — as Mel Gibson moves forward with his Hollywood comeback, which includes plans for a sequel to “The Passion of the Christ.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jim Caviezel, who starred as Jesus in Gibson’s 2004 feature film, is in negotiations to reprise the role in Gibson’s sequel. Gibson would presumably produce, direct, or both, THR notes.
The sequel has been in the works for almost two years, but details such as the possible involvement of Caviezel, 49, are only now surfacing.
“In 2016, Randall Wallace, who was nominated for an Academy Award for scripting ‘Braveheart’ for Gibson, was writing a first script for what is being called ‘The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection,’ though it was unclear on Tuesday whether he was still involved in the project,” THR reports.
The report notes that the original “Passion of the Christ,” released by Newmarket Films in 2004, earned $612 million worldwide on a production budget of just $30 million.