Producers told The Hollywood Reporter that scenes featuring actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan have been edited out of the movie “Son of God,”which is a sequel to the bible series.
“It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time,” said Roma Downey, who produced the movie with her husband, Mark Burnett.
The film, which will be released in theaters this time, on Feb. 28 from 20th Century Fox, is primarily a reshaped version of last year’s hit TV miniseries “The Bible.”
For Son of God, the 10-hour miniseries needed to be cut down to the two hours or so that focuses on Jesus; Downey says they went out of their way to leave the controversial Satan out of the film.
And no need to worry about the Obama look – a-like confusion.
Downey added: “For our movie, ‘Son of God,’ I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus. I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out.”