February 25, 2009
Agora -- the teaser is now online
The international teaser for Alejandro Amenábar's Agora -- starring Rachel Weisz as the 4th-century philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria, The Nativity Story's Oscar Isaac as the imperial prefect Orestes, and Sami Samir as the Christian bishop Cyril of Alexandria -- is now online.
The teaser has no dialogue, only images, but at a glance, it almost looks like this film could be a feature-length version of that violent-Christian-mobs flashback in The Da Vinci Code. Hopefully the film itself will be a little more nuanced than that (regrettably, the historical Hypatia was indeed killed by a Christian mob during Lent), but even if it isn't, it could still serve as a launching pad for deeper, better conversations about early church history.
For those who don't recognize the director's name, Amenábar's previous films include the Oscar-winning euthanasia flick The Sea Inside (2004), the Nicole Kidman ghost movie The Others (2001) and the reality-bending Open Your Eyes (1997), the last of which was remade with Tom Cruise as Vanilla Sky (2001).