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Watch: Ewan McGregor is Jesus and the Devil in ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Trailer

Watch: Ewan McGregor is Jesus and the Devil in 'Last Days in the Desert' Trailer


Following in the footsteps of Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe and Jim Caviezel, Ewan McGregor is set to bring Jesus back to the big screen in the upcoming odyssey "Last Days in the Desert." The film comes from "Albert Nobbs" director Rodrigo Garcia and co-stars Tye Sheridan and Ciaran Hinds. But, as is always the case any time back-to-back-to-back Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki is behind the lens, it looks like the bold cinematography will steal the show in this ambitious story about Jesus wandering the desert and encountering the Devil, also played by McGregor.

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The official synopsis reads: "’Last Days in the Desert’ follows Jesus (McGregor) in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with the Devil, also played by McGregor, over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts."

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, where it earned favorable reviews for both the film’s visual scope and McGregor’s dual performances. Broad Green Pictures picked up the film last fall and will finally release it on May 13. Watch the debut trailer above. 

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CC

Because (insert unknown Middle Eastern Actor name) will not put asses in seats. Movies are a business- not Socialogical test tube for political correctness.

monique

I love me some Ewan McGregor…. I do wish they would one day cast a middle eastern dude to play a middle eastern dude. But alas…. western people can not pray to a god without blue eyes, I guess. I’m atheist so I don’t care but I do find it interesting. I will watch it only because Ewan is in it but I watch it reluctantly because I really want to send a message to Hollywood that I hate this type of ridiculous casting.

Elephantini

@MINE, yes it really matters. Why shouldn’t People of Color be cast in movies?

@JON, no. Putting White actors in make-up to make them look Black, Brown or Asian is called "Blackface" and it is very bad.

Paul

It’s like confusing Canadians with Mexicans, or Japanese with Chinese or that all Africans are from the same country, the Scottish & Irish were colonies (slaves) of the English, remember Trainspotting?, Irvine Welsh said it best " its shite being Scottish" speech where Macgregor says, "we were colonised by wankers " . . .

Joseph

I think the Scottish Ewan McGregor and Irishman Ciaran Hinds might be a bit put out by your comment, Hunter

Rick R.

Looking at famous Israelis including Natalie Portman, Oded Fehr, Ralph Bakshi, Alona Tal, Bar Rafaeli, and Itzak Perlman, I will ask how Ewan is so out of place. Seems to me you are complaining just for the sake of complaining.

T

@BLACK IS THE NEW CRYBABY you’re an idiot. @HUNTER agreed! @MINE Yes it does

Paul

He’s not English!

Black is the new crybaby

black is the new crybaby

Jon

Um, because they could have easily added the small amount of makeup to at least make him appear to be where he’s from. Would an Asian be cast for the role of Madonna? I don’t think so…

Mine

Does it really matter?

MovieFan123

So people can comment on how we are still doing that because it generates more buzz than watching the preview and reading an article like this one!

Hunter

Nice Photography but why are we still casting white english people as middle eastern?

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