The character of Jesus is played by the actor Jonathan Roumie, a devout Catholic. The producers have used a Jerusalem set built in Goshen, Utah by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, colloquially known as Mormons.
The series is available through an app for iOS or Android systems, or through the website of VidAngel, its distributor. The first season is also available on DVD.
The Chosen’s creator and director Dallas Jenkins explained his reason for making the series.
“I have a passion for people to hear the ‘old, old story’ again … for the very first time,” he said.
“When I see Jesus movies, it’s sometimes hard for me to feel moved or excited. I've heard the stories before, and many Jesus projects just take you from Bible story to Bible story, not spending as much time on the humanity and backstories of all these characters. And they sometimes feel stiff and formal,” he said in the description of the app for The Chosen.
Jenkins said he wanted “to write a show that explores Jesus through the eyes of those around Him.” This means exploring characters like Simon Peter, Matthew, Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus, and some of those who benefitted from Jesus’ miracles.
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“We couldn’t help but identify with their recklessness, rough pasts, religious piety, and desperation for life change. And ultimately, their redemption,” said Jenkins.
The show has three biblical consultants including Catholic priest Father David Guffey, C.S.C., national director of Family Theater Productions. Another consultant is Dr. Doug Huffman, a professor of the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Huffman is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jason Sobel of Fusion Global Ministries also serves as a biblical consultant.
The biblical consultants reflect on each episode in round tables, also available through the app and the Vidangel website