Thomas Nelson Inc., the world's largest producer of Bibles, has announced that they will be releasing a 25 hour, 20 CD theatrically diverse, star-studded audio Bible production of the New Testament entitled The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible this October. Carl Amari, CEO of Falcon Picture Group, who has worked with actor Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, D╚jç vu) previously on the family film Madison approached Caviezel to play the lead role of Jesus Christ. Caviezel relished the chance to explore the character in a new medium and is also co-producing the project with Amari and New York Times Best selling author Raymond Arroyo. Here is the cast list:
´ Jim Caviezel ("The Passion of the Christ," "D╚jç vu") - Jesus
´ Michael York ("Romeo & Juliet," "Austin Powers") - Narrator
´ Richard Dreyfuss ("Mr. Holland's Opus," "The Goodbye Girl") - Moses
´ Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin Vinny," "What Women Want") - Mary Magdalene
´ Stacy Keach ("Prison Break," "Hemingway") - Paul
´ Lou Gossett, Jr. ("An Officer and a Gentleman," "Roots") - John
´ Terence Stamp ("Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace," "Superman II") - Voice of God
´ Kimberly Williams-Paisley ("According to Jim," "Father of the Bride") - Mary, Mother of Jesus
´ Lou Diamond Phillips ("La Bamba," "Young Guns") - Mark
´ John Heard ("Prison Break," "Home Alone") - Matthew
´ Ernie Hudson ("Miss Congeniality," "Ghostbusters") - Peter
´ Luke Perry ("Beverly Hills 90210," "Jeremiah") - Judas & Stephen
´ John Schneider ("Smallville," "Dukes of Hazzard") - James
´ Chris McDonald ("Happy Gilmore," "Quiz Show") - Luke
This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before. Complete with an original music score by prolific Italian composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater) and ambient sound effects that are woven together with compelling narration by Michael York, the Bible comes to life for a new generation.
Dove and Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith is also lending his musical talents to the project. "The talent represented on The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible is amazing," says Wayne Hastings, Sr. Vice President and Group Publisher for the Bible Group at Thomas Nelson, Inc. "The vocal and music talents, combined with the highest level production value, has resulted in a powerful presentation that will take listeners on an incredible journey through the story of the New Testament."
The planned follow-up to the New Testament is the Old Testament, a 60-hour, 50-CD audio production with Richard Dreyfuss, Michael York and Terence Stamp already on-board to reprise their respective roles. Many other Hollywood actors have expressed interest in voicing roles in the Old Testament including Jason Alexander of "Seinfeld" and Eric Bogosian of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
For more information on The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible visit www.nelsonbibles.com. To hear an advance audio clip montage mp3 trailer of the project, presented in dramatic audio theater visit http://real.streamtoyou.com/ThomasNelson/WordOfPromise_Hi.mp3.
Writer: Soul Shine Staff