What if Jesus returned to Earth? That’s the question that has spawned countless novels, films, music, and all other sorts of entertainment. the new Netflix series “Messiah” answers that question by the alleged God-like figure get investigated by the CIA because let’s be real, a guy comes out of nowhere and starts to perform miracles is most likely a potential terrorist threat, right?
As seen in the new trailer, “Messiah” looks to be a mixture of Showtime’s “Homeland” with a healthy dose of religious intrigue. When a mysterious man shows up and starts to perform supposed miracles and gaining a cult-like following, the CIA steps in to investigate what this alleged messiah’s true intentions actually are.
The series stars Michelle Monaghan, Mehdi Dehbi, John Ortiz, Tomer Sisley, Melinda Page Hamilton, Stefania LaVie Owen, Sayyid El Alami, Jane Adams, Wil Traval, Fares Landoulsi, Dermot Mulroney, and Beau Bridges.
“Messiah” is created by Michael Petroni, who previously worked as a writer on films such as “The Rite” and “The Book Thief.” Peroni also dabbled in TV, as a writer for the short-lived 2003 series “Miracles.” James McTeigue, of “V for Vendetta” fame, directed more than half of the episodes.
“Messiah” arrives on Netflix on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2020.
Here’s the synopsis:
When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers information about a man (Mehdi Dehbi) gaining international attention through acts of public disruption, she begins an investigation into his origins. As he continues to cultivate followers who allege he’s performing miracles, the global media become increasingly beguiled by this charismatic figure. Geller must race to unravel the mystery of whether he really is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist capable of dismantling the world’s geopolitical order. As the story unfolds, multiple perspectives are interwoven including that of an Israeli intelligence officer (Tomer Sisley), a Texas preacher (John Ortiz) and his daughter (Stefania LaVie Owen), a Palestinian refugee (Sayyid El Alami) and the journalist (Jane Adams) who covers the story.