Here's a thing we didn't expect to read this afternoon: in a new report over at USA Today, Jim Caviezel has confirmed that he's gearing up to reprise his most famous role (the Son of God) in a sequel to Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ.
Caviezel says he and Gibson have had a number of conversations about the project, and that he's feeling very confident in the vision Gibson has shared:
"There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience. It's great ... I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it, but I’ll tell you this much, the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good."
Gibson's sequel will, as you'd expect, deal with Christ's resurrection following the unfortunate events depicted in The Passion Of The Christ. For a while there, it seemed like a sequel was inevitable - there was, after all, more story to tell and more money to be made - but Gibson's career woes (caused by the actor's ongoing commitment to racially-charged language, alcoholism and general dickishness) seemed to have derailed the project. If we're to take Caviezel at face value, that would-be sequel is back on ... it's just taken a while to come together.
"Braveheart, that’s a film that took a long time to be able to crack. The same thing for Passion. And the same thing for this. He’s finally got it. So that is coming."
There is, at present, no timeline for the release of the Passion Of The Christ sequel, but we're fascinated it's been put back into play. We'll be keeping a close eye on this one as it works its way towards what we're guessing will be an Easter release date somewhere in the future. Stay tuned.