Inspired by Scripture and rooted in history, The Young Messiah is a story that imagines a year in the boyhood of Jesus, directed by award-winning filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh. Nowrasteh also developed and wrote the pilot episode of the USA Network hit show La Femme Nikita.
The Young Messiah is produced by Hollywood blockbuster-maker Chris Columbus who launched one of the biggest series in the history of film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, where he cast completely unknown youngsters Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint lead roles, demonstrating his acumen for nurturing and cultivating young talent. He reunited then with the young actors to direct the second movie in the saga, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
For this rare look into the life of the boy Jesus, up and coming young actor Adam Greaves-Neal was chosen for the lead role, after showing much promise in television series Sherlock, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as his starring role for another program titled All At Sea.
The Young Messiah follows the inspiring and unique story of seven-year-old Jesus Christ and His family as they come to a fuller understanding of His divine nature and purpose. Remaining true to the character of Jesus revealed in the Bible, the film is an inspirational story about the childhood of the Savior for the whole family.
“There is a rich history of Jesus movies that have dramatized Jesus’ ministry and crucifixion, but none have ever glimpsed into his life as a boy. What kind of child was he? What was his family like? What kind of parents were Joseph and Mary? How could they guide and protect this special child?” says director Nowrasteh on the developing the story.
Nowrasteh further explains, “Obviously there are great challenges in depicting this because we know very little about Jesus’ childhood. This movie seeks to present a realistic portrait of Jesus rooted in faith. Scripture is the inspiration for the emotions and actions of the boy Jesus as they are envisioned in our story. We do this with respect and reverence in order to imagine a child consistent with Jesus as revealed in the Bible.”
The story takes place during one year in Jesus’ life when he was seven. With the Holy Land in turmoil, the young Jesus and his family leave Egypt for their home in Israel. Joseph and Mary are fully aware of the dangers of their world: a corrupt King Herod, civil unrest, and a brutal occupying Roman force.
“While we hope that our film finds a place alongside other Jesus classics, it’s more important to us that it inspires people to visit, or revisit, the Jesus story from a fresh new angle. As believers, we hope that children will be attracted by another child’s story— Jesus’ story—and that this can be a ‘Passion of the Christ’ for the entire family. We even hope that, in some small way, our film leads viewers to the transformation and grace that Jesus extends to us all,” concludes Nowrasteh.
The Young Messiah opens in cinemas nationwide on April 20 from Pioneer Films.