The biggest crowd-funded media project to date is a multi-series TV show launched last year about Jesus Christ, called The Chosen.
The brainchild of Evangelical filmmaker Dallas Jenkins and with an advisory team including a Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic priest the historical drama is inspired by the Gospel stories. It’s intention is to encourage viewers to read them for themselves.
It presents Jesus Christ, played by LA-based actor and devout Catholic Jonathan Roumie, through the eyes of the people who encountered him. The 46-year old actor was struggling in Hollywood when he decided to put his life and career into God’s hands, and shortly after came The Chosen opportunity.
The Catholic Weekly spoke to Jonathan about what the show means to him and how with growing fame comes a greater sense of responsibility to share his faith tradition.