And you thought Jude Law was the Hollywood pope.
Pope Francis, a populist sweetheart of a religious leader who has gained favor around the world for his emphasis on the poor, is taking his message to the big screen with the new feature film “Beyond the Sun.”
Written and directed by Graciela Rodriguez, the independent film follows a group of multicultural children who emulate aspects of the apostles. According to a news release, the film was made at the express request of Pope release, who wanted to a see “a movie for children that communicates Jesus’ message.”
Francis even makes a cameo — his acting debut — alongside child actors Aiden Cumming-Teicher, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Emma Duke, Kyle Breitkopf, and Sebastiάn Alexander Chou.
How much do you pay the leader of the Roman Catholic Church to be in your movie, you ask? You give it all to charity, obviously.
“Pope Francis was willing to participate in the movie to support charity as all profits from “Beyond the Sun” will be donated to two selected charities — El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo,” the film’s financier AMBI said.
Both charities support Pope Francis’ social and spiritual message within the film, they added.
The film just wrapped production in Argentina. AMBI co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi produced the film with the religious advise of Monsignor Eduardo Garcia, Bishop of San Justo and General Assistent of FIAC. Co-producers are Graciela Rodriguez and Gabriel Leybu.