Mister D: Variety is the Bible of the film industry, but I’m going to try and get direct confirmation again….this has come out in 2 different articles today….
LONDON — Bette Midler and U.K. thrush Pixie Lott will star in Peter Hewitt‘s “Sweet Baby Jesus,” which will begin shooting this summer in Maryland and Ireland.
The 70s flashback pic, penned by Steve Blair, sees hippies Mary — played by Lott, making her thesping bow — and Joe (yet to be cast) make their way to the town of Bethlehem, Maryland to visit Mary’s mom for Christmas. Mary reveals she is pregnant – but not by her boyfriend Joe – and then stays at Eleanor’s (Midler) guesthouse for the holidays and soon the whole town is talking about a possible second coming.
London-based Intandem Films is handling international sales for the pic.
Hewitt, who has previously directed “Garfield” and “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey,” said: “The script (for ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’) has such fun subverting the treasured details of the Nativity, posing the question, ‘What would we do if it all happened again?’ ”
The pic’s producer, Philippe Rebboah added: “There are a lot more surprises to be announced on the cast, especially for the role of Joe. We are signing other great actors, yet to be announced. The music will also be very important for this film and we’re going to be including original songs of the 70s and modern day artists.”