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First Look At A Dreadlocked Nonso Anozie As Samson + First Trailer For 10-Part Series 'The Bible'

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 17, 2013 8:37 PM
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Nonso Anozie As Samson
Nonso Anozie As Samson

It was in May 2011 when the History Channel greenlit a 5-part, 10-hour docudrama series based on the bible, from Mark Burnett, the executive producer of Survivor.

Titled simply, The Bible, the series was to focus on some of the most universally familiar tales from the bible.

The 10-hour project, which Burnett is said to have been working on for about 4 years now, was reportedly shot on location, and includes a combo of live action and CGI (well, naturally).

"This series will bring the historical stories of The Bible to life for a new generation," said History Channel president Nancy Dubuc.

The epic cast for this epic series is long; but look for Nonso Anozie as Samson (as in the story of Samson and Delilah) - the Israelite who was granted supernatural strength by God (his strength is in his hair) in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats like wrestling a lion, and slaying an entire army (photo above); and also Keith David provides voice-overs throughout. 

And there are others. 

The series now has a premiere date - 3/3/13 on History Channel. It'll be on Blu-ray and DVD soon after.

This is just one of a few Bible film projects on the horizon, as there seems to be some renewed interest in biblical tales.

A trailer for the series has arrived, and it's embedded below:

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  • SilverZeal | January 20, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    Luks inspired by d Spartacus tv series....just without nudity & unnecessary sex.

  • regi | January 18, 2013 11:52 AMReply

    Orwell would appreciate that this is broadcast by something called "the history channel", when it would be more appropriate on "syfy" or, better yet, "disney". oh well.

  • QBN | January 18, 2013 1:05 PM

    "Historical tales"... I'd like to see historical evidence for any of these Bible myths.. including the one about the guy who supposedly walked on water.

  • Monique a Williams | January 18, 2013 12:03 PM

    I'm glad someone said it. "Historical tales??"

  • getthesenets | January 18, 2013 8:35 AMReply

    I saw this guy in the recent Conan movie...and along with the mock Mohawk "Indians" in the film...his presence in the film raised the camp level. I kept expecting him to start singing "Buffalo Soldier...dread lock rasta"

    Speaking of Jamaica,'s interesting that the man playing Samson in the film is wearing locks. I believe that Rastafarians liken themselves to Nazarites and that they don't cut their hair based on the same Lev. law that Hassidic jews follow. At least that's what I've always thought.

    What I always found comical in the bible films that we watched as the jesus films...literally EVERY other character in the film looked like modern day Arab or Sephardic jew EXCEPT the "hero" of the story....who always looked like Bjorn Borg.

  • Africameleon | January 17, 2013 11:52 PMReply

    I just got chills... and I still cry every time I watch King of Kings (1961). :o)

  • Aaron | January 18, 2013 8:07 AM

    When the European comes to a country, the first thing he does is to laugh at your God and your God concept. And the next thing is to make you laugh at your own God concept. Then he don't have to build no jails for you then, cause he's got you in a jail more binding than iron can ever put you.

    Anytime you turn on your own concept of God, you are no longer a free man. No one needs to put chains on your body, because the chains are on your mind.

    Anytime someone say's your God is ugly and you release your God and join their God, there is no hope for your freedom until you once more believe in your own concept of the "deity."
    ---John Henrik Clarke

    I have no faith in europeans telling the story of the bible with historical accuracy of the true race of the people at that time. Some black folks may say it doesn't matter what color they were but they are the main ones blind to what continues on today when it comes to black history and they picture a white jesus when they pray.

  • Africamelone | January 18, 2013 12:02 AM

    But to be critical on one point... I noticed only about 3 black actors in the trailer. Including Anozie who's playing "they guy who slew the Philistines with a Donkey's jaw bone." Interesting. Perhaps they are tying to be biblically accurate regarding the ethnicities of certain people? Lets see how they depict Nicodemus, the Queen of Sheba, Sephora, Simon-Peter, and others.

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