Ben Kingsley is reportedly circling the role of King Herod in Alister Grierson's “Mary Mother of Christ” project at Lionsgate reports The Wrap.
An unofficial prequel of sorts to the events seen in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” the story revolves around Mary’s attempts to defy King Herod in order to save her son, Jesus. Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote 'Passion' with Mel Gibson, is co-writing this script with Barbara Nicolosi.
The cast already includes Odeya Rush as Mary, Peter O’Toole as Symeon and Julia Ormond as Mary's cousin Elizabeth. Producers are seeking Judi Dench for the role of Anna the Prophetess and Hugh Bonneville for Satan.