Jassa to slay Goliath in Bible epic

Jassa stars as David in History Channel's upcoming epic mini-series The Bible.

Earlier this year Jassa flew out to Morocco to film on The Bible, an epic ten-part historical drama series. It will broadcast on the History Channel (US) from 3rd March 2013. Global distribution, including the UK, will follow. Jassa will star in the battle against Goliath and the Philistines as Young David.

"This is probably the most important book in mankind, regardless of your beliefs or religious affiliation," History Channel president Nancy Dubuc told The Hollywood Reporter. "This series will bring the historical stories of the Bible to life for a new generation."

Shooting on location in Morocco the series combines live action with cutting-edge CGI to retell stories ranging from Noah’s Ark to Exodus to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The series is an epic and gritty portrayal and will have broad appeal.

Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Inception) has composed the score. Tony Mitchell (Supervolcano, Flood) directs [Jassa's episodes] and executive producers are Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice) and his wife, actress Roma Downey.

“I screamed down the phone when I got the call offering me the part. It’s a magnificent project to be a part of and with so many amazing people involved. Hans Zimmer is composing! My iPod is filled with soundtracks to films like Batman Begins, Inception, The Dark Knight and The Prince of Egypt! I was listening to them all on the flight out to Morocoo. And of course there’s the role, David. Such an iconic figure and such an iconic story. To be given the opportunity to portray him is, as an actor, overwhelming. But I must admit the kid in me was simply shouting out, “Morocco! I get to slay Goliath?! And fight battles in the desert?! Combat training?!” - Jassa

The Bible is among History Channel’s biggest ventures to date.

The series is using the New International Version, the translation preferred by evangelical Christian leaders, and the New Revised Standard Version. A committee of theologians and scholars was assembled to consult on the series.

The Bible offers rare depth and the chance to create a “legacy” project, said Burnett, “I could be 80 or 90 and it could still be on television.”

More information about The Bible and Jassa’s involvement will be announced later in the year.