Warner Bros. studios and Oscar-winning actor and director Mel Gibson are teaming up to make an epic film about the Maccabean Revolt. According to reports, the film, which will be produced and possibly directed by Gibson, will focus on the life and achievements of the ancient Jewish hero Judah Maccabee who, along with his father and four brothers, led the successful second-century B.C.E. Jewish revolt against the Seleucid kingdom.* While it unknown whether Gibson will also act in the film, some have speculated that the 55-year-old actor could play Judah’s father, Mattathias. According to Gibson’s camp, the film will likely resonate with past Gibson epics, including Braveheart and The Patriot.
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