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.
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.