Anthony Hopkins Dons the Crown of King Herod in Upcoming Biblical Thriller ‘Mary’

Acclaimed Actor Takes Royal Turn

Renowned actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins, adds yet another royal character to his portfolio. This time, he’s stepping back in time to portray King Herod in the biblical thriller ‘Mary’. This role comes on the heels of his successful portrayals of King Lear and Odin, the erstwhile King of Asgard in the ‘Thor’ series. His embrace of the character of Herod highlights Hopkins’ adeptness at shifting from one iconic persona to another.

Debut of Fresh Talent

Artists are only as good as their co-stars, and Anthony Hopkins isn’t without company. Joining him in ‘Mary’ is newcomer Noa Cohen. Cohen landed the central role of the biblical figure Mary after an international casting search. True to the character, Cohen resides a mere hour from Mary’s birthplace in Israel. With previous roles in the Israeli YA series ‘My Nephew Bentz,’ ‘Infinity,’ and the 2022 feature ‘Silent Game,’ Cohen brings authenticity to the role.

A Riveting Narrative of ‘Mary’

The entertainment industry publication, Deadline, has released the riveting plot details. ‘Mary’ is a coming-of-age tale, wrapping around the mystical conception of her child. King Herod’s ambitious quest for power and his fear of the newborn, perceived as a danger to his rule, introduce a thrilling chase aspect to the storyline. Ido Tako skillfully steps into the shoes of Joseph, alongside Cohen’s Mary, as they strive to safeguard their divine child.

Introducing the Ensemble Cast

‘Mary’ is further enriched by a dedicated ensemble cast. Mila Harris and Stephanie Nur take on the roles of Young Mary and Salome respectively. Susan Brown, Ori Pfeffer, Hilla Vidor, Gudmundur Thorvaldsson, Dudley O’Shaughnessy, Eamon Farren, Mili Avital, Milo Djurovic, Charley Boon, Kelsie Lewis, and Jade Croot also feature, enhancing the overall artistic caliber of the project.

DJ Caruso, known for his directorial prowess in ‘Disturbia,’ ‘Eagle Eye,’ and ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage,’ takes the reins of this promising project.

Hopkins’ Upcoming Projects

In addition to ‘Mary,’ Hopkins fans can look forward to his depiction of Emperor Vespasian in the forthcoming Roland Emmerich series, ‘Those About to Die.’ The series will be available for streaming on Peacock. Director Emmerich has expressed his keen interest in the Roman Empire’s history and its parallels in today’s world. He highlights the exhilarating appeal of human competitions, likening ancient gladiator fights with present-day auto races.

To Sum Up

‘Mary’ unites an impressive cast, led by the formidable Hopkins and promising newcomer Cohen. The film promises to deliver an enthralling tale that successfully fuses a historical setting with a modern, thrilling narrative. This exciting new project has all the makings of a captivating watch, sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

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