Is it possible? Star Wars is evidence. The fact is Luke Skywalker is patterned after him, as are many characters – even Superman is.
Jedi knights study for a lifetime of metaphysical discipline--physical, mental, spiritual, athletic, and the powers revealed are essentially Christ-like: telekinesis, reshaping matter-energy, changing frequency vibrations, healing others, walking fearlessly, and what not.
Yet Jesus story is odd in a way because it has gaps in it. In the Bible we learn of his birth in one paragraph, but few lines later we see him for brief moments as a 12 year-old (“confounding the teachers of the temple with his wisdom”) then...we see him next in a few lines as a 30 year-old when he begins to teach. We all know the story of his teaching, and his amazing powers and miracles, but what about the first 30 years of his life? well, they are called the 'Lost .. or Missing' Years.
The reason our writer has written this film play, is the historical, literary legendary Christ story, is as good as it gets. The Hero-Story has never been applied to a Jesus film presentation - but the essence of that genre is right there in the lines of the story.
Film audiences LOVE the Hero Story; they're the most famous commercially successful films of all time including Superman -- and all the superheros, Bond, and so many one-word-titled films like Shane or Hercules - for whoever the hero was, it is endless.
When children see such a remarkably developed 12-year old, 18-year old or 20 something Jesus, there may be inspirations as well, in their beholding this story and Person. When his personal Lovingness, his power and his charisma are so visible, and appreciated, the 3rd chapter in the trilogy will be appreciated like no other Jesus film before.
This worldwide well-known story of the 'Christos' deserves the Hero Story presentation, more than any. It's been done in past films as a religious presentation; this one will present the drama, the adventure, the love, the fear, Power, the sorrow and the always victorious-rendering; which is true to the genre. This is very special ... as it actually defines the genre, and our film making medium.
So there is a surprising amount of literature, legend, oral or written history regarding him, from several continents and many nations, of which many are not aware. They all make for great story telling and better filmmaking. There are tales of him in his youth briefly in the Isles, with whom the Talmud calls his Great-uncle Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy tin-trader.
In fact, the famous poet William Blake wrote a poem postulating Jesus abroad long ago. There are tales of his travels in Egypt, the east where he’s always said to have studied with local masters, even teaching them. So our writer being a student of the Bible, this 'story' and history, has created a telling of his youth that’s not only credible but fascinating. In any case it makes for excellent film-entertainment which is the goal.
Filled with epic adventure, mystic places, romance, ancient mentors, space brothers, brigands, caravans, ship wrecks, mountain snowfields and monasteries at mountain tops; we're closer to heaven and amazing adventure alongside Jesus (his Hebrew name is Yeshua, Jesus is Latin).
These films are an incredible spectacle yet they are not religious as the film’s not about a religion - so everyone sees the amazing story. It is the Hero Story in its best telling.
A young man in the first century lives in the desert dedicated to an interior power development, like Star Wars Luke Skywalker, and then, he grows to manhood and he changes the world. He’s a powerfully centered, and gifted youth.
He’s drawn out of the norm of life--he travels, learns, grows, has challenges, emotional demands, strains and crises that should break him, but they do not...and he graduates into greater power and knowledge.
And what was his message? To be truthful, it was anti-pharisaical for his time. His prime nemesis was the controlling Pharisaical power structure. He was for the regular folks essentially declaiming those powers of his day. That's why they had him killed. He actually taught a sublime magical interior life in inner partnership with elevated Consciousness, to those who were listening.
And of course the people are amazed with him. People love this story. And when his love and charisma match his power--like Obi Wan Kenobi's charm and amazing visible capabilities.. it’s so attractive.
When his power is shared with the people and is used to defeat or confound the evil one – villains, it warms the audience, and they nod their heads.
This film’s story has all of that.