The film version of the DaVinci code is set to begin production in June for a Spring 2006 release. The lead male role has been given to Tom Hanks. In a stunning victory for director Ron Howard he convinced Jesus to play himself in the film Version of Dan Brown's wildly popular historical work.
"Jesus was happy to do it, Jesus liked the book and he and his family are happy to finally get the truth out." Dan Brown's spokesperson said, "Who knew he acted, he was retired in Orlando. This is a man who married had a family and moved to Florida. Not an atypical story. It is time that the world met this man on a true ground. He is a semi-retired guy living in the sun-belt enjoying a very long retirement."
Jesus joins veteran actor Tom Hanks in the film. "Tom and Jesus will be wonderful together, they have real chemistry," Ron Howard said. "I think it will be great, those two are real professionals. At the end of the day we are lucky to have him. I think this may be just the first of many roles for him [Jesus.] I did have Jesus read for the part, but we all new it was a formality. He brings an energy and candor to the role of Savior that you just can't fake."
Director Ron Howard went on to say, "He [Jesus] and Mary M are all over the set, reminiscing, giving some hints on what things looked like-the whole last supper scene-reworked-- they were there."
The Daily Variety, a trade publication, has been less optimistic referring to Jesus' fundamental lack of even the most basic theatre training. Insiders have said Hanks will have to pace himself around a relative newcomer. And the pontiff, Pope Pious XVI, is quoted as saying, "its good he is getting out there again."
So get in line early, get some popcorn and get ready for a summer thriller.
"In the end this will be Dan Brown's work we just get the privilege of telling the story," Director Ron Howard concluded, "and hey, having Jesus around that is just a big plus."