Says Downey, “We started with the premise that the Bible is the truth. These are true stories, and it was our job to bring them to life on the screen. We're not saying, ‘Maybe this happened,' or ‘According to the Bible,' we're just telling the story as written.”
Shot in Morocco — at the same location where Burnett once did an installment of his “Eco-Challenge” adventure race — the production features a large international cast, and a score by Hans Zimmer, who reunites with singer Lisa Gerrard for the first time since they collaborated on the theme to “Gladiator.”
Playing some of the more famous Bible figures are David Rintoul as Noah; Peter Guinness as Nebuchadnezzar; Jake Canuso as Daniel; Nonso Anozie as Samson; William Houston as Moses; Downey as Jesus' mother, Mary; Daniel Percival as John the Baptist; Simon Kunz as Nicodemus; and Portuguese newcomer Diogo Morgado as Jesus. Keith David provides voice-over narration.