NBC has released a behind-the-scenes preview of its highly anticipated upcoming series “A.D.” from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who enjoyed much success with their “The Bible” TV miniseries, which aired in 2013 on the History channel, to strong ratings and, eventually, 3 Emmy Award nominations.
I’m sure they hope to replicate, and even exceed that success with “A.D.,” which premieres on Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015 on NBC.
It’ll be a 12-hour miniseries whose story will take place immediately after the events of “The Bible” – the first 10 chapters of the Book of Acts, which tell of the aftermath of Christ’s death and it’s impact on his disciples, as well as his mother, Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time.
Juan Pablo di Pace plays Jesus, while Gambian-British actor Babou Ceesay, Greta Scacchi and Tanzanian-born UK-based actress Chipo Chung (all 3 in the image above) are John the Evangelist, Mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene respectively. Meanwhile, Denver Isaac plays James, aka James the Just. So, if I have to spell it out for you, it means that John, Mary Magdalene and James, key biblical characters, are being played by black actors in this miniseries.
But there are other black actors in the series cast in other roles that may not be as prominent as the above.
The limited series launches Easter Sunday, April 5 on the Peacock network.
Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew below (and watch the trailer underneath):
And here’s the trailer: