This summer, 5,000 “Chosen” fans from around the globe flew to the set in Midlothian, Texas, to be extras in the scene in which Jesus feeds the multitudes.
April Mills, a mother of two from Ellensburg, Washington, took part in the event with her daughters.
In an interview with the Daily Record, she said, “It’s exciting. It’s an opportunity to be an active part of a story that’s been told for thousands of years, that’s been so powerful for so many people.”
“I’ve heard of re-enactments before, but it’s usually the Civil War or something else. But to be able to re-enact these biblical stories with ordinary folks like us as part of it — I never would have guessed I’d do something like this,” she said.
Most actors are used to using CGI for such scenes, so for the cast of “The Chosen” it was a special experience.
“Getting to see all the fans’ faces up close — they’re just these kind eyes and demeanors shown toward you — was so relaxing. It almost made the rest of the crowd melt away,” Luke Dimyan, who plays Judas Iscariot, said in a behind-the-scenes video from “The Chosen.”
“You just got to focus on these individual people, really, with all their heart just wanting to interact with you, reaching out, just playing fully into the scene along with you. It was spectacular,” the actor said.
Season 3 will see the disciples being sent off in pairs to spread the teachings of Jesus.
In an interview on the show’s YouTube channel, Jordan Ross, who plays the apostle Little James, or James the Lesser, talked about his character’s growth.
“Going out with Big James and experiencing some of the stuff they experience is truly life changing for Little James. I would go so far as saying that Little James finds his true purpose on that journey,” he said.
Noah James, who plays the apostle Andrew, said he is on a journey, much like his character was.
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“It’s less this season about steps back. I feel like that was towards the end of last season for me; now I really am trying to take Jesus’ words to heart and that’s part of my journey this season,” he said.
Episodes 1 and 2 of the third season will premiere in theaters on Nov. 18 before becoming available to stream from The Chosen app.
“The Chosen” can be streamed for free on YouTube, through The Chosen app for iOS or Android systems, and through the website of VidAngel, its distributor. From the app you can stream to your TV using another device, such as Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, and Chromecast. The seasons are also available to purchase on DVD/BluRay.
Watch the trailer for Season 3 here: