Hugh Jackman is teaming up with Warner Bros. and producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for the faith-based project Apostle Paul. Hugh Jackman will star as the title character, who converted to Christianity to spread the word of the Lord to the Romans. Paul, also known as Saul of Tarsus, went on to write 14 of the 27 books in the Bible's New Testament.
Apostle Paul was not one of Jesus Christ's original 12 disciples, known for his persecution of Christians, but he encountered Christ on the Road to Damascus, where he was blinded by a white light. He was blind for three days until a man named Ananias came and prayed for him, restoring his eyesight. He ended up converting to Christianity and devoting his life to Christ. Paul became one of Christ's most important messengers, appearing before Roman leaders to spread the word, since he was also a citizen of Rome. He was also imprisoned for preaching, but when he began to sing Christ's praises, a massive earthquake struck, freeing Paul from his chains as the terrified prison guards allowed him to leave.
Matt Cook (Triple Nine) is currently writing the screenplay, with Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon producing alongside Jennifer Todd and Chris Clarke. No production schedule was given at this time. The project comes on the heels of successful faith-based movies such as Noah, Son of God, God's Not Dead and Heaven Is for Real. Hugh Jackman most recently starred in Chappie, and he will next be seen in Pan, The Greatest Showman on Earth and Eddie the Eagle.