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"Killing Jesus" (TV movie) on the National Geographic Channel is a flim chronicle of the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion that is based on "Killing Jesus: A History," a book by Bill O'Reilly ("The O'Reilly Factor") and Martin Dugard, published by Henry Holt and Company.

The factual drama will be true to the incredibly popular narrative storytelling devices used by O'Reilly in his previous two books, telling the story of Jesus of Nazareth as a beloved and controversial young revolutionary brutally killed by Roman soldiers and recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and the changes that his life brought upon the world for the centuries to follow.

The film will chronicle the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of the intense political, social and historical conflicts during the Roman Empire that ultimately led to his death. Jesus lived at a time when the Roman Empire dominated the Western world, and he made powerful enemies while preaching a philosophy of peace and love. Today, more than 2.2 billion people follow his teachings, but the intimate historical details of the time usually remain secondary to his story.

Kelsey Grammer ("Partners," "Boss") will perform as King Herod, the unrelenting and ambitious Roman King of Judea, who attempted to kill Jesus at his birth, and Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") will portray Pontius Pilate, best known as the Roman governor who ordered Jesus' crucifixion.

Haaz Sleiman ("The Visitor") will portray the title character Jesus, with Rufus Sewell ("Hercules") as Caiaphas, high priest of Jerusalem and conspirator in Jesus' death; Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Entourage") as Herodia, ex-wife of Herod II and wife of his brother Antipas, who manipulated her husband and daughter into killing John the Baptist; Eoin Macken ("The Night Shift") as Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee and Perea and co-conspirator in Jesus' death; John Rhys Davies ("Indiana Jones") as Annas, a high priest in Jerusalem who first questioned Jesus and his teachings; Abhin Galeya as John the Baptist, who was considered a prophet and arrested and killed by Antipas; and Stephanie Leonidas ("Defiance") as Salome, daughter of Herod II and Herodias, who led to the demise of John the Baptist.

Rounding out the cast will be Aneurin Barnard ("The White Queen") as James, one of Jesus' 12 apostles; Vernon Dobtcheff ("Before Sunset") as Isaiah, the prophet whom King Herod claimed came to him in a dream and prophesied his death; Tamsin Egerton ("The Look of Love") as Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate; John Lynch ("Sliding Doors") as Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the high court in Israel, who was sympathetic to Jesus; Joe Doyle ("Reign") as Judas, the apostle who eventually betrayed Jesus; and Alexis Rodney ("Guardians of the Galaxy") as Simon (Peter), one of Jesus' 12 apostles and his closest confidant.

"Killing Jesus" is produced by Scott Free Productions ("Killing Lincoln") and combines rare historical insights with dramatic and emotionally engaging storytelling in the signature style of the company. The special will premiere globally on NGC in 171 countries and 38 languages in 2014.




Bill O'Reilly's 'Jesus' moment

KILLING JESUS (TV MOVIE): FACTS

Network: National Geographic Channel
Genre: Drama
Premiere Date: 2015
Production Company: Scott Free Productions





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