First Look: Ewan McGregor as Jesus and the Devil in Sundance Film
by Alex Billington
December 10, 2014
hell heck is this film?! One of the wackiest, most eye-brow-raising selections of Sundance 2015 is a film titled Last Days in the Desert, written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. The plot is explained as: "Ewan McGregor is Jesus -- and the Devil -- in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert." As much as that sounds like the perfect comedy, it's actually a historical "adventure drama" (according to IMDb) where Jesus must overcome a "dramatic test" as he confronts the Devil, who is also McGregor. Our first look at Jesus has just arrived and because this is such a unique film, I can't help but share the photo (though it doesn't show much) as we count down the days to Sundance in late January.
Official synopsis for Last Days in the Desert from Sundance 2015: "Ewan McGregor is Jesus -- and the Devil -- in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test." The cast includes Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zurer, written & directed by Rodrigo Garcia, son of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez (of the films Ten Tiny Love Stories, Mother and Child, Albert Nobbs, Passengers). The film will premiere at Sundance in January. For more info on the film, visit their official website. For all of our Sundance 2015 coverage/posts, click here.