'Nativity' set for filming
Keisha Castle-Hughes has been cast as Mary in "Nativity," New Line Cinema's look at the life of the Virgin Mary before the birth of Christ. Catherine Hardwicke is directing the movie, which is being produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.The story, to be told with a strong female perspective, will follow Mary and Joseph's life before the birth of Christ as their love, faith and beliefs are tested. The script incorporates their departure from Nazareth and travel to Bethlehem and includes such biblical figures as King Herod, John the Baptist and the three kings from the Orient, among others. Mike Rich wrote the script.
Toby Emmerich, Cale Boyter and Michael Disco are overseeing the project, which will begin shooting on May 1 in Morocco and Italy. The studio is eyeing a Dec. 1 release.