Saw here and here about the script review for the upcoming movie Nativity to be released December 1st, 2006.
This film (currently being shot in Morocco and Italy) tells the story of the birth of Jesus. According to the script review it sounds like the story focuses on Mary as best described in the biblical account.
The script review shows that the story seems to focus on:
* Mary's early days in the Judean town of Nazarath under King Herod's rule
* Her father arranges her marriage to Joseph
* Mary is visited by Gabriel
* Mary visits her understanding and also pregnant her cousin Elizabeth (pregnant with John the Baptist)
* Mary shares the news with Joseph and her parents
* Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem, are visited by 3 wise men
* Mary, Joseph, Jesus flee to Egypt at King Herod's mandate to kill all baby boys under the age of 2.
I find this interesting because this is a hard story to tell with out making some people mad as it will surely make assumptions and suggestions that depart from the Biblical narrative or our common conceptions.
I think it is a very interesting creative team and cast behind this film.
The screen writer is Mike Rich who also wrote the enjoyable-non-controversial-fuzzy-moral-issue-movies Finding Forrester, the Rookie and Radio.
The director is Catherine Hardwicke who's past directorial efforts have been the heavy hitting movie about teenagers drug use thirteen and the skateboard film Lords of Dogtown. HHardwicke is also known for her production design of movies like Vanilla Sky and Three Kings.
I don't think Hardwicke and New Line Cinema could have found a more talented cast for these roles...Oscar Nominee (lead actress for Whale Rider, 2004) Keisha Castle-Hughes is playing the part of Mary. She did such a wonderful job in Whale Rider and at the age of 16 I can't imagine anyone better for this part. (Castle-Hughes pictured at the 2004 Academy Award ceremony)
academy Award Nominee (supporting actress for House of Sand and Fog, 2004) Shohreh Aghdashloo is playing the role of Elizabeth. Another great selection by choosing this very talented Iranian actress.
Shaun Toub will play Mary's father, Joaquim. (Toub played the part of Farhad in Crash).
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