C: The Chosen (Promo pic for Season 3 via Facebook)

The Chosen comes to UK and Irish cinemas this weekend

Popular Christian drama series The Chosen is set to be shown on the big screen in Ireland and the UK this weekend.

Fans of the entirely crowd-funded series will be pleased to hear that episodes 1 and 2 of Season 3 of the historical drama series will premiere in selected cinemas across from Friday 18 November right up until Tuesday 23 November.

The historical drama series is the first multi-season series about the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. It was created, directed, and co-written by American filmmaker Dallas Jenkins.  It is the largest crowd-funded project in media history.

The Chosen stars Jonathan Roumie as Jesus, Shahar Isaac as Simon, and Elizabeth Tabish as Mary Magdalene. The multi-season series shows Jesus Christ in a “personal, intimate [and[ immediate” way through “the eyes of those who met Him”.

A synopsis of season three gives viewers a taste of what they can expect:

“What now? After Jesus completes a sermon that turns the world upside down, all 12 disciples (including newcomer Judas) are ready to follow him to the ends of the earth. But problems remain. Matthew wrestles with estrangement from his family. Andrew visits an imprisoned John the Baptist. Mary and the women must find a source of income. Simon and Eden face the costs of following Jesus. Most importantly, the disciples face their biggest challenge yet when Jesus sends them out, two by two, to preach and perform miracles without him. Episodes 1 & 2 of Season Three pick up where Season Two left off, and in this unique theatrical experience, launch the most emotional and consequential season of The Chosen to date”.

Organisers say the decision to bring the series to the big screen will hopefully lead the way for more coverage for future seasons. The series has so far been viewed 420 million times worldwide, with 9.3 million of those viewers in the UK. The ultimate goal, those behind the film say, is to increase the conversations about faith.

Those who wish to support the crowd-funded initiative can sign up to be one of The Chosen Champions as well as booking tickets to see the film. 

Speaking to CBN News, Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the series, said: “It’s been a beautiful opportunity for me. Season 3, for me, is probably the proudest season for me as an actor.”

The actor told the outlet that the upcoming series gets into some “meaty moments” in Jesus’s life on screen. “You know, moments I never thought I’d get to depict. And I think it’s only going to go deeper,” he said.

Speaking to CBN News ahead of the Series 3 Premiere in Atlanta, creator and director of The Chosen, Dallas Jenkins, says the theme of the new season is, “Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

“This is the time where they go, ‘okay, great, we’re following Jesus. Everything’s going to be awesome’, right? ‘When are we going to overthrow the Romans? When are we going to start making our lives better?’ And Jesus is like, ‘Oh, hey, funny story. That’s not why I came. You’re called to surrender. You’re called to give up your life,'” Jenkins said.

“This is the period of the seven seasons where the disciples wrestle with God the most and they ask the questions that I think we’ve all asked at times in our faith journey, which is, wait a minute, why isn’t everything awesome? And what Jesus I think gives us is a new definition of awesome.”

Jenkins portraying Jesus. C: The Chosen (Ad for Season 3)

The new chapter of the series also comes with new music from Christian artist Matt Maher – whose song inspired the very first season of The Chosen.

Speaking about the song, ‘The In-Between’, Maher said it inspired by the conversation between Mary Magdalene and Nicodemus. The scene Maher refers to is one where Mary Magdalene tells Nicodemus:  “I was one way and now I am completely different. And the thing that happened in between was Him.”

Nicodemus and Mary Magdalene in the series. (C: The Chosen)

“The line itself is such a strong line and the show is done so well that I knew instantly kind of what it needed, what it needed to feel like making this video and seeing how the seeing the song through the eyes of all the characters has really deepened my love and appreciation for the show,” Maher explained.

While episodes 1 and 2 of The Chosen, Season 3, are in cinemas for a limited release until 22 November, the full season will be available on The Chosen app in mid-December.

Click HERE to find out if The Chosen is playing in your area.

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