Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)

Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)

Taglines: Their faith challenged an empire.

Paul, Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. . But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible.

Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much-floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure-yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten… and if he has the strength to finish well. Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

Paul, Apostle of Christ is an upcoming American biblical drama film written and directed by Andrew Hyatt, and starring James Faulkner as Saint Paul and Jim Caviezel as Saint Luke. It depicts Paul, who was known as a ruthless persecutor of Christians. After his conversion to Christianity, Paul became a pivotal figure in the formation of the early church. The film will follow his last days awaiting execution by Emperor Nero in Rome. Affirm Films has scheduled the film to be released during the week before Easter, March 28, 2018.

The filming was done on location on Malta. St. Paul’s Island, in Malta, is known as the location where Paul and Luke were shipwrecked on their way to Rome. Many of the crew who worked on the film were culled from another production filmed in Malta, HBO’s Game of Thrones. Karamihos said they were “some of the best people [in the local film industry].” Karamihos found Malta to be “one of the strangest places I’ve ever seen in my life – it is so built up for such a small place.” He described it as “a strange combination of Africa, Asia, and Europe, bringing together all three continents both in the language and the culture and aesthetic.”

According to Yorgos Karamihos, the director and producers urged the actors to be “as authentic and visceral as possible in order to be real”, rather than take into consideration sensibilities of various religious groups.

Paul, Apostle of Christ Movie Poster (2018)

Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)

Directed by: Andrew Hyatt
Starring: James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Joanne Whalley, John Lynch, Olivier Martinez, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Alexandra Vino, Noah Huntley, Alessandro Sperduti, Yorgos Karamihos, Manuel Cauchi
Screenplay by: Andrew Hyatt
Production Design by: Dave Arrowsmith
Cinematography by: Gerardo Madrazo
Film Editing by: Scott Richter
Costume Design by: Luciano Capozzi
Set Decoration by: Craig Menzies
Art Direction by: Ino Bonello
Music by: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent content and disturbing images.
Distributed by: Affirm Films
Release Date: March 28, 2018