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Jesus Returns to the Big Screen in Biblical Movie "Son of God"

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK ) -- The Hollywood husband-and-wife team that made The Bible miniseries a smash hit is hoping to parlay that success onto the big screen with their new biblical movie, Son of God.

Actress Roma Downey, best known for her leading role on the TV series Touched by an Angel, and her husband, reality TV show producer Mark Burnett of Survivor, Shark Tank and The Voice fame, are the creative team behind Son of God, which opens nationwide on Feb. 28.

"Jesus hasn't been on the big screen for 10 years since The Passion of the Christ," Downey said.

The couple is hoping Son of God will strike a chord with a new generation of moviegoers.

"We're aware that many people learn through visual storytelling," Downey said. "And for so many people, people who don't go to church, people who maybe have never read the Bible, this movie, Son of God, will be the first time that they hear and see the story of Jesus come to life."

In the movie, Downey plays what is really the female lead — the Virgin Mary.

"It was profoundly moving to step into the role, because we know Mary was the mother of the son of God, but she was also the mother of a son," she said. "She knew that he was born to be extraordinary."

Last year, Burnett and Downey produced The Bible miniseries for the History Channel. The Sunday school epic was wildly successful, becoming the number-one drama series of 2013 with more than 100 million total viewers — more than Breaking Bad, Mad Men or The Walking Dead.

"Our finale beat both the Game of Thrones premiere and The Walking Dead finale," Burnett said.

Son of God is the first of several Bible movies due out this year. There's also Noah, starring Russell Crowe; Exodus, with Christian Bale in the role of Moses; and Mary, Mother of Christ. All have 2014 release dates.

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