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Photo: Jonathan Roumie as Jesus in "The Chosen" ©Angelstudios

Hollywood experiencing revival of faith-based movies, actor Jonathan Roumie says

The success of “Sound of Freedom” is part of a surge of faith-based movie projects, said actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in “The Chosen” and Lonnie Frisbee in “Jesus Revolution.”

“Our collective projects, @thechosentvseries and @jesusrevolutionmovie are at the heart of this revival moment in culture and entertainment,” he wrote. “It’s a pivotal moment in time on so many levels — for culture, politics, faith, ideology and entertainment, among others.”

Roumie made the comments beside the latest cover of “Newsweek,” which portrays a Christ holding a movie set clapboard. The cover story — under the headline “Jesus Takes Hollywood” — spotlights “Sound of Freedom” and other faith-centric projects. Days earlier, “TV Guide” profiled: The Chosen: in a cover story.

Meanwhile, Angel Studios’ film “Sound of Freedom” surprised Hollywood by opening at No. 1 at the box office and grossing more than $150 million. Earlier this year, another Angel film, “His Only Son,” opened at No. 3 at the box office.

“I can see the pendulum swinging upward, the praise skyward bound, the naysayers losing ground and the willingness to build bridges and unify the fractured body of Christ in simply celebrating together,” Roumie wrote. “The thrust of my mission continues to be to amplify and shape how and where the light falls on earth through the gifts I’ve been blessed with, the realms of influence in which I’ve been given authority, and the specific capacity to shoulder what I can (though I struggle quite often).

“That said, submission on the most spiritually fundamental level reigns supreme, and I cannot wait to see how the divine continues to permeate the earthly, armed with his regiment of rugged, culture-catalysts.”

Roumie, who is Catholic, said he will attend World Youth Day, an annual observance that was launched by Pope John Paul II. The event is an “extension of this collaboration,” he wrote. “Maranatha. Come Holy Spirit.”

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice


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