‘Poldark’ Star Aidan Turner Joins Terrence Malick’s Under The Radar Life Of Christ Movie

‘Poldark’ Star Aidan Turner Joins Terrence Malick’s Under The Radar Life Of Christ Movie


The Hobbit and Poldark star Aidan Turner is
the latest name to join Terrence Malick’s starry, under-the-radar life of Christ movie
The Last Planet. Turner will play the Apostle Andrew. Snippets have been seeping out over the last
few months about the project, which will tell the story of Christ’s life through a series
of parables. Pic has been shooting in Italy. Son of Saul star Geza Rohrig will play Jesus,
Matthias Schoenaerts will portray Apostle Peter, and Mark Rylance will be Satan. We understand the cast also includes Joseph
Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Douglas Booth, Tawfeek Barhom, Martin McCann, Ori Pfeffer, Shadi
Mar’i, Makram Khoury, Numan Acar, Emilio De Marchi, Bjorn Thors, Alfonso Postiglione
and Lorenzo Gioielli. Speaking at the Deauville film festival this
month, Rylance told the Guardian, “Terry wrote four versions of the character of Satan
and I thought I would play only one. But I heard I was going to play all four. One of them must have been a woman at some
point, but it was when he asked me to grow a beard that I realised I wasn’t going to
do it that way. “I’m very happy to act for Terrence Malick,
but I’m intrigued, because I hear he talks to you all the time. And coming from the theatre, I’m not used
to the director yelling at me while I act or tell me what to do. But his films always intrigued me.” The project re-teams Malick with his A Hidden
Life DP Jörg Widmer, who was a camera operator on a number of the auteur’s previous movies. Little is known at this stage about financing
for the project. Malick’s latest film A Hidden Life, also
starring Schoenaerts, debuted at Cannes earlier this year. As we revealed from the Croisette, Fox Searchlight
swooped on the movie for around $12 million and will release it in the U.S. on December
13.

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