Refreshing Twist: Hollywood Puts Jesus at the Center of a Christmas Film

In a surprising move, a major Hollywood studio will be releasing a Christmas movie in November that’s actually about Jesus Christ.

“Journey to Bethlehem” looks like a fun retelling of the birth of Jesus by Affirm Films, a division of Sony Pictures.

Antonio Banderas is the most recognizable face in “Journey to Bethlehem,” playing the wicked King Herod.

Fiona Palomo plays Mary and Milo Manheim is Joseph.

The popular Christian singer Lecrae is Gabriel in “Journey to Bethlehem.”


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Affirm released a trailer for the film on Wednesday.

The movie looks to have a similar feel to “High School Musical,” which is not surprising, given Peter Barsocchini, the screenwriter of those productions, co-wrote the script for “Journey to Bethlehem.

The other co-writer and director of the film is Adam Anders, who worked as a music producer on the television series “Glee,” Variety reported.

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“I have had a dream to create a Christmas musical for years and to see it come to life with a stunning cast has exceeded every expectation,” Anders told the outlet. “We could not be more excited for this film to be a classic for years to come.”

Manheim added: “I hope this music goes down in history because I’m going to be listening to it for a long time. It’s one of the best musicals I’ve ever been a part of.”

“Journey to Bethlehem” will likely introduce many people to the Christmas story who may have never heard it before.


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The film opens in theaters on Nov. 10.

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