Actor Jim Caviezel provided an update on the highly anticipated sequel to Mel Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ” during an interview with former Navy SEAL Shawn Ryan earlier this month. Caviezel portrayed Jesus in the film and said he would reprise the role for the sequel.
Discussing how his faith has affected his Hollywood career, Caviezel said, “I’m always a better actor with God.” Caviezel recounted telling fellow actor Sean Penn as much while filming “The Thin Red Line” in 1988, calling it a gift to be able to lead people to Jesus.
Promoting his new film, “Sound of Freedom,” which is based on the true story of United States federal agent Tim Ballard’s fight against human trafficking, Caviezel was asked if he plans on continuing the fight against the human trafficking industry.
“I’ll never stop,” Caviezel replied without hesitation.
Ryan then asked the actor to share what movie he would be shooting next. Caviezel said it would be “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection” or “Sound of Freedom 2.”
Ryan asked if production for “Resurrection” was already underway.
“The writing? Yes,” Caviezel said, adding, “I asked [Gibson] if he would be ready to go in January.” Caviezel said that Gibson replied, “Yeah, maybe.”
“How about the end of the fall,” Caviezel recounted asking. “Yeah, maybe,” Gibson replied. “September?” Caviezel asked again, and Gibson gave the same reply: “Yeah, maybe.”
Caviezel said that this is how it was when they were planning to film “The Passion of the Christ.” That is, until Gibson suddenly called up Caviezel and asked him if he was ready to start filming.
Gibson is currently working on a movie with Mark Wahlberg, but Caviezel believes Gibson will focus on “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection” as his next film after that.