|WHAT: Through the eyes of a high-ranking Roman military officer, RISEN is an imaginative retelling of what happened after Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Following the crucifixion, Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) assigns Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) to find Jesus’ missing body and disprove any resurrection. RISEN opens in theaters today.
WHO: RISEN stars Joseph Fiennes (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE), Tom Felton (HARRY POTTER), Peter Firth (PEARL HARBOR) and Cliff Curtis (LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD). Kevin Reynolds (ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES) directs with Steven Mirkovich editing (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST).
WHEN: In theatres today, Friday, Feb. 19.
SYNOPSIS: RISEN is an epic biblical story of Jesus’ crucifixion and the weeks following, through the eyes of the unbelieving Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman military officer. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are assigned by Pontius Pilate to ensure that Jesus’ radical followers can’t steal his body and claim a resurrection. Within days, however, the body is missing, putting Clavius on a mission to find it, to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and to prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
Where THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST ends . . .
RISEN picks up where THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST left off. Here is why a ragtag group of disciples fanned across the Roman empire and changed the course of history. Politically, historically, spiritually . . . why is this story still so important?
The Greatest Manhunt in History
High-ranking Roman military officer Clavius is on the detective assignment of all time: to disprove news of Jesus’ resurrection. RISEN filmmakers cast the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection from a skeptic’s point of view, and the result is an exciting and fresh take on one of the world’s most-known stories.
AFFIRM Films Goes to Wider Faith-Film Audiences
AFFIRM Films is known for faith- and family-friendly classics such as WAR ROOM, SOUL SURFER, COURAGEOUS and WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL. AFFIRM Senior Vice President Rich Peluso leads the creative team behind films that satisfy the faith audience and go beyond to widely inspire, entertain and engage.
From SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and HARRY POTTER to RISEN
Movie fans will know many faces in RISEN. Joseph Fiennes starred in the Academy Award® Best Picture SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, and Tom Felton is known the world over as Harry Potter’s school nemesis Draco Malfoy. Talk to them about their attraction to a well-known account in a most-unusual story.
DIRECTOR: Kevin Reynolds (THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO)
SCREENPLAY BY: Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello
STORY BY: Paul Aiello
Joseph Fiennes (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE)
Tom Felton (HARRY POTTER)
Peter Firth (PEARL HARBOR)
Cliff Curtis (Fear of the Walking Dead)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Robert Huberman and Scott Holroyd
RISEN is presented by Columbia Pictures and LD Entertainment in association with AFFIRM Films.
About LD Entertainment
LD Entertainment is a dynamic independent studio combining entrepreneurial spirit and financial sophistication. LD has a prime presence in the motion picture marketplace as it develops, produces and strategically assembles a slate of successful films. Aware of the progressive shift in consumers’ viewing habits and emerging distribution technologies, LD Entertainment creates innovative business models and leads in shaping the entertainment industry’s future. For more information, go to www.LDEntertainment.com.
About AFFIRM Films
AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, dedicated to producing, acquiring and marketing films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences. For more information go to www.AFFIRMFilms.com.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to www.sonypictures.com.