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Disney Actor Trades a Galaxy Far, Far Away For Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee

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A Disney actor who has spent more than 25 years in Hollywood has traded the galaxy far, far away for the town of Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, and Nazareth.

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A line of animated characters, including children and adults, walk up a rugged mountain path. The backdrop features a large, majestic mountain bathed in the pink and purple hues of a setting sun. The sky is partly cloudy, enhancing the serene and adventurous scene.

Credit: Mofac Animation

Actor Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac is a versatile and acclaimed actor known for his wide-ranging roles in both independent films and major blockbusters.

His acting career began with a breakthrough performance in the 2006 film Pu-239. Isaac has demonstrated his versatility by starring in various genres, from the science fiction epic Ex Machina (2014) to the historical drama A Most Violent Year (2014).

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In mainstream cinema, Oscar Isaac has also made a significant impact, playing key roles in major franchises. He embodied the character of Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and went on to play Duke Leto Atreides in Dune (2021). Beyond film, Isaac has showcased his talent in television, notably in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero (2015) and Marvel’s Moon Knight (2022).

Now, he’s returning to his roots and bringing his faith into his work.

Faith and Family 

Isaac grew up in a family in which faith was very important, and in his new role, the actor will draw from that upbringing as he lends his voice to Jesus in the upcoming animated feature, Lord of Lords, from Mofac Animation.

The new animated feature takes its inspiration from the 1934 short story, The Life of Our Lord, by Charles Dickens. It was first published more than 60 years after the famed author’s death. Written by Dickens for his children, The Life of Our Lord is a simple and heartfelt retelling of the events of Jesus’s life, beginning with his birth and continuing through to his death and resurrection.

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Mofac Animation is currently seeking potential distributors for the film.

Oscar Isaac isn’t the only Disney actor to take part in the feature. The script for the film was co-written by Rob Edwards, who also had a hand in writing Disney’s Treasure Planet (2002) and Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (2009), both of which were ultimately nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

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Emmy Award-winning casting director Jamie Thomason (Disney’s The Tigger Movie) is slated to serve as executive producer alongside filmmaker Andrew Mann.

The new film is also not the only faith-based film in which Oscar Isaac has been cast. In the mid-1990s, Isaac co-starred in New Line Cinema’s The Nativity Story, which ultimately went on to become the first-ever film to hold its world premiere in the Vatican City.

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Oscar Isaac in “The Nativity Story” (1996)/Credit: New Line Cinema

A Unique Presentation of Dickens’ Work

The upcoming film also stars actress Uma Thurman and actors Kenneth Branagh, Forest Whitaker, and Roman Griffin Davis.

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The script for King of Kings presents the story of Jesus’s birth, life, death, and resurrection in a unique way:

The script sees Charles and Walter Dickens, voiced by Branagh and Davis, respectively, embarking on a multi-dimensional adventure as the master storyteller engages his youngest son’s vivid imagination with the fascinating life of Jesus, his well-known trials and tribulations, and his notable colleagues and foes.

The producers hope to have the Dickens duo, as well as the family cat named Willa, immersed in the ancient tale, interacting with Jesus, his disciples and his detractors in an effort to make the biblical journey easily relatable, readily understood and captivatingly entertaining for families and, especially, to children of all ages.

“A film capturing the epic life of Jesus Christ warrants a stellar cast, and our actors announced to date—Oscar Isaac, Forest Whitaker, Kenneth Branagh, Uma Thurman, and Roman Griffin Davis—are impressive by any measure,” says producer Anfernee Kim. “Oscar perfectly captures the impactful delivery of Jesus, and Forest expertly embodies the complicated aspects of Peter.”

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“King of Kings”/Credit: Mofac Animation

To learn more about the new film from Mofac Animation, visit the film’s website by clicking here.

King of Kings is set to debut in 2025.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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