A new Netflix series called Messiah will be filmed in several New Mexico locations, including Santa Fe. Filming for the 10-episode series will begin this month and continue through August. Messiah is the story of the world’s reaction to a unique man from the Middle East who claims he is sent from God. Told from multiple character viewpoints, Messiah captures the interest of the world’s media as he begins to turn the geopolitical order upside down. The series aims to challenge the viewer to examine exactly what he/she believes in.
Mehdi Dehbi will play the lead role of the “Messiah.” The director and executive producer for Messiah is James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta,” “The Raven”). Other executive producers include Mark Burnett (“The Bible,” “Son of God,” “Survivor”), Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel,” “The Bible,” “Ben-Hur”) and Andrew Deane (“Masters of Horror,” “The Double”).
In addition to Santa Fe, Messiah will also be filming in Albuquerque, Mountainair, Estancia, Belen, and Clines Corners. New Mexico will double as an overseas location. The production will employ approximately 40 New Mexico actors, 1,800 New Mexico background talent, and 500 New Mexico crew members.
The show stars Michelle Monaghan, John Ortiz, Tomer Sisley Mehdi Dehbi (lead), Melinda Page Hamilton, Stefania LaVie Owen, Jane Adams, Sayyid El Alami, Fares Landousil and Wil Traval. Recurring guest stars include Barbara Eve Harris, Iqbal Theba, Emily Kinney, Jackson Hurst and Nicole Rose Scimeca.
Netflix’s one-sentence description of the show is, “When a man in the Middle East appears to be performing miracles, a rift breaks out over whether he’s the Messiah or a fraud in this suspenseful drama.”
Messiah does not yet have a premiere date.
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