Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy have joined the cast on the, now in production, movie ‘Book of Clarence’ from Jeymes Samuel.

RJ Cyler, ‘Titans’ TV star Anna Diop, David Oyelowo, Alfre Woodard and Marianne Jean-Baptiste have also joined LaKeith Stanfield and Omar Sy on the cast list.

The picture is inspired by classic Hollywood epics set in Biblical times and tells the tale of Clarence, a down-on-his-luck denizen of Jerusalem embarking on a misguided attempt to capitalize on the rise of celebrity and influence of the Messiah for his own personal gain. It is a journey that leads him on an exploration of the idea of faith and to a highly unexpected path of his own. Stanfield is playing Clarence.

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Samuel is directing from an original screenplay he wrote and is producing alongside James Lassiter (The Harder They Fall), former Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.  Samuel is also composing the score.

Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, Teyana Taylor (Coming 2 America), Babs Olusanmokun (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), Eric Kofi Abrefa (BMF), Nicholas Pinnock (Counterpart), BAFTA winner Micheal Ward (Empire of Light), Chase Dillon (The Harder They Fall), Tom Glynn-Carney (House of the Dragon) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Ebony Maw in Avengers: Endgame) have also joined the cast.