To act in film: Pope Francis 1

Pope Francis will be making his acting debut this year, starring as himself in the upcoming religious movie, ‘Beyond The Sun’.

According to Variety, ‘Beyond The Sun’ is a ‘family adventure based on the Gospels’, and it will be the first time in history that a Pope has appeared in a feature film.

“Pope Francis asked the filmmakers to make a movie that communicated Jesus’ message to children,” they explained.

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“Our excitement and gratitude toward His Holiness, Pope Francis participating in this film is beyond words,” said producer Andrea Iervolino. “This is not just a movie for us, it’s a message, and who better to have on your side to deliver an important societal and spiritual message than the Pope.”

Unfortunately, the film’s subject matter suggests that this won’t be a rather random career move for the 79-year-old leader of the Catholic Church.

A bit of a shame, really. After all, I hear the jury is still out when it comes to the next Bond…

“It is a great honor for Andrea and I to have the opportunity to work with His Holiness, Pope Francis, to spread the awareness of his message, through this film,” added co-producer, Lady Monika Bacardi. “We will make a movie everyone involved with can be proud of. Not only will families from around globe enjoy this film and be entertained, but they will be moved.”

According to Bacardi and Iervolino, all profits from the film will be donated to charity – specifically, El Alemendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, which aid at-risk children and young adults.

‘Beyond The Sun’ will begin filming early this year in Italy.