“I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it,” Caviezel says. “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.”
It’s a prediction that could prove true. 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, which Gibson directed, co-wrote and produced, was a major milestone in faith-based filmmaking, earning more than $611 million worldwide on a $30 million budget.
It’s the highest-grossing R-rated film ever in North America with $370.8 million.
The original followed the last 12 hours of Christ’s life as portrayed by Caviezel. The actor hasn’t returned to biblical films until this year. He’ll play Luke in Paul, Apostle of Christ (in theaters March 28) alongside James Faulkner’s Paul.
USA TODAY has the exclusive premiere of the full trailer for Paul.
Gibson talked about his plans for the Passion follow to USA TODAY in 2016.
“The Resurrection. Big subject. Oh, my God,” he said. “We’re trying to craft this in a way that’s cinematically compelling and enlightening so that it shines new light, if possible, without creating some weird thing.”
Caviezel says the Oscar-winning director has “cracked” that story and they have tentatively scheduled a shooting window (which he declined to disclose).
“Braveheart, that’s a film that took a long time to be able to crack,” Caviezel says. “The same thing for Passion. And the same thing for this. He’s finally got it. So that is coming.”
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