On Fox’s new comedy The Grinder, Rob Lowe stars as an actor named Dean Sanderson who is famous for playing a lawyer named Mitch Grinder on a hit drama. And now Emmanuelle Chriqui is on the case, too.
More than a year after signing on to adapt Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus, National Geographic Channel has set the all-star cast for the TV movie.
Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor) will star as Jesus in the all-star cast that also includes Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Emmanuelle Chriqui and John Rhys Davies,The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the best-selling book by O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, the film chronicles the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of the political, social and historical conflicts during the Roman Empire that ultimately led to his death.
Grammer (Boss) will star as King Herod, the unrelenting and ambitious Roman King of Judea, who attempted to kill Jesus at his birth. Moyer (True Blood) is set as Pontius Pilate, aka the Roman governor who ordered Jesus’ crucifixion.
The cast also includes Rufus Sewell (Hercules) as Caiaphas, high priest of Jerusalem and conspirator in Jesus’ death; Chriqui (Entourage) as Herodia, Herod II’s ex-wife who married his brother Antipas, who manipulated her husband and daughter into killing John the Baptist; Eoin Macken(The Night Shift)as Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee and Perea and co-conspirator in Jesus’ death; Davies (Lord of the Rings) is as Annas, a high priest in Jerusalem who first questioned Jesus and his teachings; Abhin Galeya will be John the Baptist, considered a prophet who was arrested and killed by Antipas; and Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance) is Salome, daughter of Herod II and Herodias, who led to the demise of John the Baptist.
Rounding out the cast will be Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen) as James, one of Jesus’ 12 apostles;Vernon Dobtcheff (Before Sunset) as Isaiah, the prophet who King Herod claimed came to him in a dream and prophesied his death;Tamsin Egerton (The Look of Love) as Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate;John Lynch (Sliding Doors) as Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the high court in Israel, who was sympathetic to Jesus; Joe Doyle (Reign) as Judas, the apostle who eventually betrayed Jesus; and Alexis Rodney (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Simon (Peter), one of Jesus’ 12 apostles and his closest confidant.
“The film Killing Jesus will break new ground in chronicling the life of the most famous human being who ever lived,” said O’Reilly, who also serves as an executive producer. “The superb cast and script reflect much thought and research. Viewers are in for something very different and very special.”
Killing Jesus will premiere globally on National Geographic Channel in 2015 in 171 countries and 45 languages, and in Spanish on Nat Geo Mundo. The movie hails from the Emmy-nominated team behind Killing Kennedy, including O’Reilly, Scott Free Productions’ Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Mary Lisio and Teri Weinberg. Heather Moran and Charlie Parsons will exec produce for NGC.
The movie marks the third collaboration for NGC with Scott Free and O’Reilly, joining Killing Lincoln, which drew a then-record 3.4 million viewers to the cable network, and Killing Kennedy, which topped its predecessor.
Production on Killing Jesus will begin in the fall with Chris Menaul on board to direct. Oscar and Emmy-winning screenwriter Walon Green (The Hellstrom Chronicle) will pen the teleplay.
“The combined talent of this incredible cast is unparalleled, and we can’t wait to see what this team of actors can do,” NGC’s Moran said. “With this stellar cast and breath-taking script by Walon based on Bill’s page turner, we are going to explore the seismic political and historical events that surrounded the life and death of Jesus as never before.”
Grammer is repped by UTA, Category 5 Entertainment and Surpin Mayersohn. Moyer is with WME, Luber Roklin and Bloom Hergott. Sleiman, whose credits also include Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, is with Gersh and Management 360.
Emmanuelle Chriqui will return to “The Mentalist” on Sunday, March 10th!
“There Will Be Blood” – Lorelei Martins returns, determined to find out if Red John had a role in her sister’s death, and Jane is forced to confess to Lisbon his part in Lorelei’s prison escape, on THE MENTALIST, Sunday, March 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmanuelle Chriqui returns as Lorelei Martins.
Emmanuelle Chriqui is scheduled to be a guest on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” next week! The show will air on Monday, August 29th on NBC at 12:35am – check your local listings for exact air times in your area!
The season 8 premiere of “Entourage” airs TONIGHT at 10:30PM on HBO! Don’t forget to tune in and watch all the Sloan/E drama going on!
Here’s a preview of Emmanuelle Chriqui in “The Borgias”! Her first episode of the show will be airing Sunday, May 1st on Showtime!
See Emmanuelle Chriqui as Joffre’s wife the Princess Sancia of Naples on The Borgias.
Here’s your first look at Ms. Emmanuelle Chriqui in the new Showtime series The Borgias as Sancia. These episodic stills are from episode six of season one. Hopefully more will surface. Em looks beyond amazing in these images. As of right now — this episode is possibly slated to air May 1, 2011… we’ll confirm as we get closer to the episode actually airing.
Emmanuelle Chriqui is scheduled to be a guest on “Lopez Tonight” this week, on Thursday, March 10th! The show airs at about 12/11c on TBS – but make sure you check your local TV listings for exact air times in your area.
Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) will guest star on the new SHOWTIME drama series THE BORGIAS in three episodes as “Sancia,” the beautiful and seductive Neapolitan princess who marries the Pope’s youngest son Joffre (Aidan Alexander), even though she has her eye on another Borgia brother. The series is headlined by Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons and is currently shooting in Budapest for a Spring 2011 premiere.
Emmanuelle Chriqui is best known for her role as the perfect fiancée Sloan on the Emmy®-and Golden Globe®-nominated comedy series Entourage. In addition to television, she also continues to build upon her career in film. In 2008, she starred alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, as well as with Adrien Brody in Cadillac Records. Recently, she completed production on Red August opposite Andy Garcia, and starred in the independent film Saint John of Las Vegas, opposite Steve Buscemi, and Electra Luxx, the comedy follow-up to Women In Trouble in which Chriqui starred opposite Carla Gugino (guest star on CALIFORNICATION).
The Canadian born Chriqui moved to Los Angeles and quickly made a name for herself, landing roles in Detroit Rock City, Snow Day and 100 Girls. However, it was On the Line that marked her first leading role in a studio film. Her other film roles include Wrong Turn, In The Mix, Rick, Waiting, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and Tortured. On the small screen, she had recurring roles on both The O.C. and Unscripted, a series from George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.
THE BORGIAS is a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history’s most intriguing and infamous dynastic families. The series begins as the family’s patriarch Rodrigo (Irons), becomes Pope Alexander, propelling him, his three Machiavellian sons Cesare (Francois Arnaud), Juan (David Oakes), Joffre (Aidan Alexander) and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance. Joanne Whalley also stars as Vanossa, the mother of Rodrigo’s children.
The series is produced as a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production.
Emmanuelle is going to be a guest on “The Bonnie Hunt Show” on Monday, April 12th! The show airs in syndication, so please check your local TV listings for exact air times in your area.