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The story is explored in the 1950 novel Barabbas by Swede writer Pär Lagerkvist, whose work served as inspiration for the Reelz production. Actor Anthony Quinn is famously known for portraying the troubled character in the 1961 motion picture. In both accounts, Barabbas experiences a series of life-altering events after witnessing Christ’s crucifixion, and eventually embraces Jesus as the messiah before he himself is crucified.

The two-part program premiering on the ReelzChannel on March 25 is presented by creators as “a sweeping epic” about redemption “that picks up where the Bible left off.” Billy Zane, of Titanic fame is cast as the lead character.

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