I learned about this movie called “Risen” coming out next spring, obviously around Easter. It looks very promising, with a big name lead, Joseph Fiennes, and obviously excellent production values. From the piece at Empire:
Kevin Reynolds’ film, which he co-wrote with Paul Aiello, follows Roman military tribune Clavius (Fiennes), a firm believer in his empire’s power and someone tasked with removing resistance. But when it appears that Jesus of Nazareth has – in accordance with his followers’ beliefs – risen from the dead after his crucifixion, Pontius Pilate (Firth) assigns Clavius and his aide Lucius (Felton) the task of figuring out the mystery, to avoid an uprising in Jerusalem.
Those familiar with apologetics will instantly recognize what most people ignore: The crucified and buried body of Jesus of Nazareth disappeared. His followers claimed he was risen from the dead, claimed to have seen him, which is obviously impossible. Many of them paid with their life for this claim. The premise of the movie is no doubt true to history: Jesus’ enemies and those who convicted him and carried out the sentence, had every incentive to find the body. Do that, and this menace is crushed once and for all. Of course they never did because, well, Jesus is even now sitting at the right hand of God.
As an aside, I have to wonder if Fiennes is a Christian or at least has Christian sympathies. He stared in the 2003 movie Luther, yes the same one who started the Reformation, and he’s working on a movie coming out next year called, The Last Race, a sequel to the 1981 classic Chariots of Fire, about Christian Olympic athlete Eric Liddell, who refused to run a race on the Sabbath and forfeited the event. It’s possible he’s a member in good standing of the Church of England, a good Anglican.