A post-AD detective tale for the faith-based audience? Uh, it sounds ridiculous, but in “Risen,” Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton play two Roman soldiers investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Look, we’re not making this up. In “Risen” Fiennes plays the fictional character of Clavius, who is assigned by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to unravel the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks after the crucifixion.
“’Risen’ is an incredible noir detective tale. That’s the angle that appealed to me,” Fiennes told USA Today this week. “There are echoes of ‘Chinatown.’ It’s a (Roman) Polanski landscape of a man being sucked into the narrative.” Umm, ok, if you say so. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
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You can’t make that sh*t up! Directed by Kevin Reynolds (“Waterworld,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves“), TrisStar will let “Risen” rise on Jan. 22, 2016.