Hugh Jackman Set to Get Holy as 'Apostle Paul' for Affleck & Damon
Over the past few years, there has been a growing number of faith-based projects aimed at pulling in the church crowd who will pile into a theaters by the busload. Most of them have been feeble efforts in the past, but lately there have been some known talents taking roles in these film (see Little Boy or Heaven is for Real). Now Warner Bros. is getting into the game with Apostle Paul, a new project that will put Hugh Jackman into the title role of the Jewish man who preached the word of God to the Roman. Jackman is also set to produce along with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon by way of their Pearl Street production arm.
Deadline reports Jennifer Todd will also produce along with Pearl Street along with Chris Clarke, who helped get the project going. As for how much of Paul's life will be covered in the script by Matt Cook (Triple Nine), that remains to be seen. The apostle was not one of the original 12, but was converted on the Road to Damascus when Christ came to him. There's also story about Paul being blinded by a great, white light, only to be healed by prayer later. He was also one of the pivotal messengers when it came to spreading the word of God in Rome and is credited with writing 14 of 27 books in the New Testament. He's definitely a big deal. Sounds like an interesting role for Jackman, but we'll see if the film attracts general audiences beyond those who are avid church-goers. What do you think?