'Passion' actor returns as Jesus for Mel Gibson's sequel: 'The biggest film in history'

Jim Caviezel is set to return to the big screen in his role as Jesus Christ, fourteen years after playing the role in Mel Gibson's highly successful The Passion of the Christ. The sequel, themed on Christ's resurrection, will be the 'biggest film in history', Caviezel said.

Caviezel, confirmed to USA Today that he would return to the iconic role, working once again with controversial, oscar-winning director Gibson.

'There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience,' he said. 'It's great. Stay tuned.'

He continued: 'I won't tell you how he's [Gibson] going to go about it. But I'll tell you this much, the film he's going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It's that good.'

FacebookJim Caviezel as Jesus in 2004's 'The Passion of the Christ'.

Whereas 2004's Passion focussed, in famously graphic form, on Christ's crucifixion – its sequel will focus on Christ's resurrection from the dead.

'The Resurrection. Big subject. Oh, my God. We're trying to craft this in a way that's cinematically compelling and enlightening so that it shines new light, if possible, without creating some weird thing,' Gibson told USA Today in 2016.

Caviezel didn't reveal the film's shooting schedule, but promised Gibson had finally 'cracked' what the new project would entail. 'He's finally got it. So that is coming,' Caviezel said.

Strikingly bolder and far more successful than most 'faith movies', The Passion of the Christ broke records at its release: it remains the highest-grossing R-rated movie in North America, with a domestic gross of $370.8 million.

It divided critics and audiences: some applauded a daring and moving depiction of Christ's suffering, others condemned it as a 'primitive and pornographic bloodbath' whose violence obscured its spiritual message.

The Passion sequel comes alongside another biblical project for Caviezel: he will also play the figure of Luke in the upcoming movie Paul (to be released in late March) which will follow the life of the Apostle (played by James Faulkner) in the early Church. A trailer for Paul, unveiled yesterday, can be watched here.