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First Look: Ewan McGregor as Jesus and the Devil in Sundance Film

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December 10, 2014

Ewan McGregor / Last Days in the Desert

What the 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.

Ewan McGregor as Jesus

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.

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  • YAY! Another movie with White Jesus. Apparently he's the best Jesus.
    • A Jesus that didn't have blue eyes would literally blow peoples minds apart.
    • mooreworthy
      Add the Scottish accent and instant Jesus!
  • DAVIDPD
    These are the kinds of roles some actors live for. Must be so challenging and, at times, rewarding.
    • ali3000
      Rewarding is right. You have any idea how many jesus freaks are gonna be all over this shit? Making a jesus movie is like the best thing a movie studio can do to rack up the money.
      • David Diaz
        I'd have to disagree with Jesus "freaks" being all over this. It says an imagined chapter so although Jesus did spend 40 days in the desert resisting the devil, most of what will be in the film sounds like it will be made up and not based on scripture. Because of that, I think many will stay away from it like what happened to Noah. Unfortunately, there is always religious backlash when it comes to films like this. I'm glad that I for one, being a Christian myself, am able to separate biblical truth from someone else's interpretation of it, and just enjoy a film. I look forward to this and having McGregor act as both the devil and Jesus sounds really cool. And I agree DAVIDPD, probably was a very challenging role. And on a side note, try and have a bit more respect for other people's beliefs, Christian or otherwise.
      • txJM
        Hrm.
  • Bo
    I find this film's possibilities to be unlimited. Of course, if he's playing Jesus and the Devil it means spiritually the filmmaker is aware that all our demons or devils are really just ourselves. The voice in our heads. Human always externalize their demons onto something or someone else, but as the wise man once said...'It's not reality that's important, but rather what we are saying to ourselves about it'. This film and its premise, if done well and with some awareness has great potential and will not be for the masses or the sleeping herd. Iron Man/Spider Man/Avengers this ain't and thank whatever gods that be for that! This seems to be about humans fighting with their inner selves and for that it has my attention and the premise of this guy named Jesus and his 40 days and nights alone in the desert is a great idea for this!
  • mooreworthy
    Intrigued by the concept, love Ewan, but would rather have someone who looks more of the ethnic part.
    • Armitall
      It's not just ethnicity (remember Jim Caviezel), he looks weird in the role.
  • ITIT 2 ITIT IT 2
    SCRIPTURE, indeed, things of the spirit generally, being, as they are, more REAL than REAL, are --NOT-- susceptible to molten image 'treatment'.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    I hope everyone knows that half of Israeli's have sandy blonde hair and blue/green eyes and sometimes very white skin.
  • OfficialJab
    His look reminds me of Macavoy's young Xavier. Glad to see the ethnicity debate is already going on here...
  • BlackJesuscom
    If my color doesn't matter why does Hollywood hide deny & lie about people of color throughout history?

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