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Hollywood Insight 02/02/16

Tom Felton's Excited to Tell Jesus' Story from a New Perspective

Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton in Risen

Known worldwide as Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies, English actor Tom Felton returns to the big screen in the role of a Roman military aide named Lucius in Sony Pictures' Risen.

Felton supports lead actor Joseph Fiennes in the fictional retelling of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the days after the crucified King of the Jews' body disappears. Told from the perspective of an unbelieving Roman called Clavius (Fiennes), Risen seeks to come at this well-known and well-portrayed story from a different angle. 

During a press junket last fall, Felton shared what drew him to play a part in Risen and how the late Alan Rickman, his Harry Potter co-star, is connected...

In talking with Fiennes and Felton, and the filmmakers behind Risen, it's abundantly clear that each felt impacted by the experience...

Felton, who learned about Jesus growing up in England, feels that this mystery/detective story offers people from varied backgrounds a good time at the movies...

Though Risen is set more than 2,000 years ago, during the time of Jesus' crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, it has a message for today. Here's what Felton had to say when asked what he thought it might say...

Movie Info for Risen

Risen opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 19, 2016 (a change from the initial release date of January 22). The PG-13 movie stars Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, and Cliff Curtis as Yeshua.

Synopsis: Follows the epic biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. - from Sony Pictures

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