Pope Francis will feature in a movie, 'Beyond the Sun' making him officially the first Roman Catholic pope to play himself in a big screen production. The movie will be a family adventure story where children from different cultures emulate the apostles while searching for Christ in the world around them, according to AMBI Pictures,the makers of the film.
The idea for the film came from the Holy Father, who approached the filmmakers at AMBI Pictures, asking them to produce a movie that could effectively portray Gospel passages & parables to children.
All proceeds from “Beyond the Sun” will go to El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, charities in Argentina that provide support for at-risk children and young adults in need. AMBI pictures co-founder, Andrea Iervolino said in a statement that working with the Holy Father will be a highlight of his career. “Our excitement and gratitude toward His Holiness, Pope Francis participating in this film is beyond words.
"This is not just a movie for us, it’s a message, and who better to have on your side to deliver an important societal and spiritual message than the Pope.”
According to the Vatican,the pope won't act in the movie, but video clips of the pope will be shown in the movie. Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganň of the Vatican stated "video clips of the Pope could appear in the film." ''The Pope is not an actor''.