New Line Cinema has cast Keisha Castle-Hughes
, Shoreh Aghdashloo
, Ciarán Hinds
and Oscar Isaacs
The film, which follows the story of the Virgin Mary before the birth of Christ, is scheduled for a December 2006 release and will begin shooting in May.
Castle-Hughes, who received an Oscar nomination for best actress in 2003 for her role in Whale Rider
, will play Mary in the two year period leading up to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Aghdashloo, an Oscar nominee for The House of Sand and Fog
, will portray Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. The role of King Herod will be played by Hinds.
Isaacs will star opposite Castle-Hughes as Joseph, Mary’s husband. Catherine Hardwicke is directing "Nativity," while Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing. Mike Rich penned the script.