By Terri Lee Sylvester

DETROIT (WWJ) – The first time I saw the trailer for “Son of God,” I knew this movie was one I definitely wanted to see, and I wanted to see it for a number of reasons. For example, I wanted to see how the story would be told – after all, telling the story of Jesus is a HUGE undertaking to say the least, and I was also anxious to see how the actor portraying Jesus would do so.

In answer to my questions, the producers have done a wonderful job. The movie tells the story of Jesus’ birth, his teachings, crucifixion and resurrection three days later. Even with the amount of information that needed to be included in the script – and with a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes – it doesn’t feel like you’re in the theater that long at all, which to me, says a lot!

Portraying Jesus is Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado. If you were among the millions who tuned in to watch the 2013 miniseries “The Bible” on the History Channel, you’ll recognize Morgado for his role as Jesus in that project as well. Morgado won the coveted role after an extensive months-long search.

“Diogo was just sent to us,” said producer Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible). “He couldn’t have been more perfect. And the beauty of his spirit shone through during our first meeting.”

Jesus (Diogo Morgado) stumbles on his way to the crucifixion.

Jesus (Diogo Morgado) stumbles on his way to the crucifixion.

As for Morgado, he says “When I got the role, I realized I had the responsibility of bringing to life the most wonderful and magical story of all times.” He goes on to describe the film as “just pure love.”

That “pure love” that Morgado speaks of just pours out on screen. Watching the stories in the bible unfold and seeing Jesus deal with such tremendous challenges with nothing but love and compassion is emotional and heart-wrenching.

“Son of God” is a powerful film that shouldn’t be missed. And when you go take tissue.

Emmy winning producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible) produced “Son of God” along with Downey – who in addition to producing the film – stars as Jesus’ mother, Mary.

See you at the movies!

Follow Terri on Twitter @TerriJLee


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