This should pique the curiosity of those who frequently lament the absence of black faces in biblical tales adapted for the film and/or TV screens.
Actor Obba Babatunde and Danny Green (“Mr. Sophistication”) co-directed this upcoming feature musical take on the story of the Gospel according to John the Apostle.
Titled “REVIVAL: The Experience,” this film stars 2015 double Grammy nominee Mali Music (Best Urban Contemporary Album for his debut album, “Mali Is,” and Best Gospel Performance/ Song, “I Believe”) as Jesus Christ. Featuring a cast of names you’ll instantly recognize, the project also sees Harry Lennix (also a producer and screenwriter) playing Pontius Pilate, with Chaka Khan, Victoria Platt, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Noel Gugliemi, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Dawnn Lewis, Brely Evans, gospel superstar Bishop William Murphy III, and Obba Babatunde himself, also appearing in the film.
Lennix and Holly Carter penned the script.
Harry Lennix, Holly Carter and David C. Waite are producing through their Xponent Media, Relevé Entertainment and Jupiter Films banners, respectively. Steve Harris and T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh are executive producing.
“’REVIVAL’ is a project that has lived in my heart for many years. It espouses a message of love and courage, something that can help comfort all of us as we process the chaos of daily life,” said Lennix.
Carter adds: “This project brings moments of the Bible alive in a way that is awe inspiring, entertaining and maybe even life changing. It offers an incredible biblical and musical experience for audiences yearning for more inspirational storytelling.”
With a 2015 release date eyed, a first look at the film, via a trailer, is available and embedded below.