One of the lead actors in the new faith-based musical Journey to Bethlehem says he was attracted to the project because he wants to present the gospel story to a new generation in a fresh, unique way.
Joel Smallbone of For King & Country portrays King Herod’s son Antipater in the PG-rated film, which is entering its second weekend in theaters and finished in the Top 10 in its opening. It was made by the same company — Affirm — that previously released War Room, Miracles from Heaven, and Soul Surfer. Smallbone’s wife, the singer Moriah, portrays Mary’s sister Deborah.
“There’s been a lot of great depictions on the last portion of Jesus’s life, which obviously, is a very key moment — The Passion of the Christ, The Chosen is now doing a really good job,” Smallbone told Christian Headlines. “[But] there’s not been many depictions of the beginning, which is this radical moment of, like, B.C. to A.D. and everything changing. [The Nativity story is] dramatic. It’s got all these highs and lows woven through the story.”
Adam Anders, who made music for Glee and Rock of Ages and such faith-based projects as The Passion and Son of God, directed it and co-wrote the…
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