The Pope is all set to become a movie star.
That's right. Pope Francis will become the first Pope in the world to appear in a feature film. And he will play himself.
According to a report in Variety, the film Beyond the Sun is a religious movie and family adventure based on the Gospels which will see the Pope playing himself.
The report also said that Pope Francis had told the filmmakers to make a movie which tells children about the message of Jesus Christ. Moreover, all profits from the movie will be donated to Argentinean charities El Alemendro and Los Hogares de Cristo.
However, another report in The Guardian said that information on the site of AMBI Pictures (which will fund and distribute the film) mentioned that Pope Francis might just appear in an epilogue of the movie in which he tells children "how and where to find Jesus".
"The Pope is not an actor," the report quoted a Vatican spokesperson as saying.
However, irrespective of the importance of the Pope's role in the movie, it will be interesting to see Pope Francis be a part of a feature film.
After all, if Sachin Tendulkar can decide to play himself in a movie, so can the Pope.