Taglines: Before he was the savior…he was a child.
At the age of 7, Jesus Bar-Joseph lives with his family in Alexandria, Egypt, where they have fled to avoid a massacre of children by King Herod of Israel. Jesus knows that his parents Joseph and Mary have secrets they are keeping from him, secrets about his birth and about traits that make him very different from other boys. His parents, however, believe him too young to grasp the truth of his miraculous birth and purpose. Learning that the murderous Herod is dead, they set out to return to their home of Nazareth in Israel, unaware that Herod’s namesake son is, like his father, determined to see the boy Jesus dead.
Inspired by Scripture and rooted in history, this story imagines a year in the boyhood of Jesus. Remaining true to the character of Jesus revealed in the Bible, The Young Messiah is an inspirational story about the childhood of the Savior for the whole family.
When the mystery of Jesus’ divinity begins to unfold in His early years, He turns to His parents for answers. But Mary and Joseph, in an effort to protect their child, are afraid to reveal all they know. How do you explain the ways of the world to its Creator? How do you teach the Teacher? How do you help the Savior who came to save you?
The Young Messiah is an American biblical drama film directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and co-written by Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh and Nowrasteh, based on the novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. The film stars Adam Greaves-Neal, Sean Bean, David Bradley, Lee Boardman, Jonathan Bailey, and David Burke. The film revolves around a fictional interpretation of a seven-year-old Jesus, who tries to discover the truth about his life when he returns to Nazareth from Egypt.
Nowrasteh acquired the film rights in 2011, and wrote the script along with his wife Betsy Giffen. Chris Columbus developed the film through his 1492 Pictures banner and helped the film financing by Ocean Blue Entertainment. FilmDistrict acquired the US distribution rights in 2013, which were later transferred to Focus Features in 2014. Principal photography began on September 15, 2014 in Matera and Rome, Italy.
The Young Messiah
Directed by: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Starring: Adam Greaves-Neal, Sean Bean, David Bradley, Lee Boardman, Jonathan Bailey, David Burke, Sara Lazzaro, Isabelle Adriani, Jane Lapotaire, Agni Scott
Screenplay by: Cyrus Nowrasteh, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh
Production Design by: Francesco Frigeri
Cinematography by: Joel Ransom
Film Editing by: Geoffrey Rowland
Costume Design by: Stefano De Nardis
Set Decoration by: Patrizia Alfonsi
Art Direction by: Domenico Sica
Music by: John Debney
MPAA Rating: PG – 13 for some violence and thematic elements.
Studio: Focus Features
Release Date: March 11, 2016
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