The next significant Millarworld adaptation to be released on Netflix, after Jupiter’s Legacy and Super Crooks, is American Jesus. It was initially announced as part of the initial 2018 slate of series and films and would be available on Netflix under the title The Chosen One (or El Elegido in Spanish). Here is all the information you require. The Chosen comic book series was among the first products from Millarworld, and it was initially published in 2004. Mark Millar wrote the comic, while Peter Gross did the illustrations.
Later, the comics were reissued as American Jesus, with a total of 3 issues. Between 2019 and 2020, a comic book series named American Jesus: The New Messiah was published. With its 2017 acquisition of Millarworld, Netflix also added American Jesus to its collection of comic books. The initial lineup of Millarworld television programmes and motion pictures was unveiled a year after the acquisition, and American Jesus was among the titles. Here is what was said at the time regarding The Chosen One:
“Series in Spanish and English” American Jesus follows a twelve-year-old kid who realises he has reincarnated as Jesus Christ. He has the ability to convert water into wine, make the handicapped walk, and possibly even raise the dead! How will he deal with his destiny to lead the planet in a conflict that has been brewing for thousands of years?”
It’s worth noting that Netflix already has a show called The Chosen One. We’re talking about the two-season Brazilian TV thriller. In September 2022, Netflix Tudum gave us our first glimpse at the series:
Who is behind Netflix’s The Chosen One / American Jesus?
Leopoldo Gout and Everardo Gout were first introduced as co-showrunners at the start. The director of the series will also be the first. Everardo Gout, one of the directors of Luke Cage, was acquired by Netflix in the same way as Steven S. DeKnight, the successful series Daredevil’s director, was originally recruited by the streaming service for Jupiter’s Legacy (who notably abruptly departed the project). He oversaw the direction of Marvel’s series, season 2, episode 12.
Everardo is most known for the 2021 film The Forever Purge. In addition to working on programmes like Snowpiercer, The Terror, National Geographic’s Mars, and Banshee, he is directing an episode of Joe Picket for Paramount+. Leopoldo is renowned for his work as an executive producer on the television shows Instinct and Zoo in addition to the Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. Stacy Perskie and Luis Rosales are both working on the project, and Luis is also the casting director.
Who will appear in Netflix’s The Chosen One?
Although no official cast list has been issued, numerous cast members were mentioned and confirmed at Netflix Tudum 2022, including:
Tenoch Huerta (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Narcos: Mexico)
Dianna Argon (Glee, The Family)
What exactly is The Chosen One about?
The official comic description provides us a good idea of what to expect, and it appears to be a continuation of the first issue:
“A twelve-year-old boy discovers he is the resurrected Jesus Christ after surviving a bizarre accident.” He can convert water into wine, make the paralysed walk, and even bring the dead back to life. How will he deal with his fate and lead the planet through a conflict that has been brewing for thousands of years?”
The Netflix page for American Jesus (which you must access directly at the time of writing and is not searchable) states:
“A 12-year-old child discovers he has reincarnated as Jesus Christ in a final attempt to redeem mankind and must accept his fate.” Adapted from Mark Millar’s comic.”
Jodie is defined as “a seemingly average adolescent until a terrible accident changes his mind.” He is introverted rather than pathologically shy. He’s also a fantastic storyteller, which he utilises to keep his buddies entertained.” Sarah is characterised as “a lovely and brave lady.” She is Jodie’s mother, and she is very protective of him, but she has no idea what she is protecting him from.”
When will production on American Jesus begin?
The show’s production was supposed to begin in the spring of 2020, however it never happened. Delays were undoubtedly caused in part by the global pandemic. The production date was then tentatively scheduled for March 1st, 2022. While we don’t have particular filming locations, we do know that the majority of the show will be shot in Mexico, specifically outside of Mexico City.
Updates on the series were revealed at Netflix Tudum 2022 (The Chosen One featured approximately 1 hour 45 minutes into the presentation), along with a number of behind-the-scenes photographs and an interview with Mark Millar himself. The primary video depicts “the first day of filming” at a fairground.
A automobile accident early in the show’s production killed two actors and injured six additional cast and staff members. On June 16th, 2022, the crash occurred while in transit from Santa Rosala to the municipal airport. The show’s development was momentarily halted by Redrum, the show’s production firm. Speeding was later determined to be the cause of the collision.