Son of God opens in theaters on February 28. It chronicles the life of Jesus from the Nativity through resurrection and revelation. Here's what you need to know about the religious film that's being buzzed about in Hollywood.
1. The Man Who Plays Jesus Got #HotJesus to Trend on Twitter
He is responsible for #HotJesus becoming a trend on Twitter, and it's not hard to see why.
In an interview with the New York Times, the religious actor said that he hopes his appeal doesn't take away from the film's message:
It’s a compliment, obviously, but I don’t want that to take away from what we tried to achieve. The best story is the story that gets to the most people. If the message of Jesus was love, hope and compassion, and I can bring that to more people by being a more appealing Jesus, I am happy with that.
2. The Husband & Wife Team Who Created 'The Bible' Are Behind the Movie
They also created the highly successful miniseries The Bible.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the pair knew they wanted to make a Jesus-focused movie even before The Bible became a hit. Burnett said:
We looked at some of the (Jesus footage) that had been edited, and Roma said, ‘This is so good, this should be a film.'
Burnett told The Wrap about his hopes for the project:
This movie is going to be seen by a billion people over the next three or four years, so a big opening would be great, but this is very much a long-term proposition.
3. There's Talk That it May Surpass 'Passion of the Christ' as Highest Grossing Christian Film
— The Christian Post (@ChristianPost) February 27, 2014
This film comes 10 years after the release of The Passion of the Christ.
The Star Tribune recalled that the violent movie became a hit, but was criticized for its portrayal of Jewish people.
According to the Christian Post, Christian leaders, like Joel Osteen, Craig Groeschel, Miles McPherson and T.D. Jakes have already bought out Son of God theaters and distributed about half a million tickets.
According to The Wrap, the film has already made $4 million in group and advance sales.
4. It's the First Film Since 1965 to Show All the Biblical Moments in Jesus' Life
However, the movies that came more recently, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Passion of the Christ
The new movie spends time on the Last Supper and the road to Calvary. It also features the first Christmas, Jesus gathering his 12 Apostles, and important miracles such as feeding the multitudes to walking on water and raising Lazarus from the dead.
5. It Has a Cool Soundtrack That Debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes
— Son of God (@SonofGodMovie) February 25, 2014
Oscar winner, Golden Globe winner, and multiple Grammy winner Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe composed the orchestral music for the film.