The new biblical drama from the director of “Jesus Revolution” for Amazon Prime casts David, Goliath and Saul

The new biblical drama from the director of “Jesus Revolution” for Amazon Prime casts David, Goliath and Saul


A new series about the life of King David airing on Amazon Prime Video has expanded its cast to include biblical characters.

Egyptian-American actor Michael Iskander will play the lead role of David in “House of David,” according to Variety Magazine. The magazine reports that Ali Suliman will play King Saul, Stephen Lang will play Samuel, Goliath will be played by Martyn Ford, and Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer will play Ahinoam of Jezreel, one of David's wives.

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The series is the first project of the WONDER Project, a religious and values-oriented film studio co-founded by Jesus Revolution-Director Jon Erwin and former Netflix executive Kelly Merryman Hoogstraten.

“I believe that entertainment precedes culture. And today the world needs a way to find common ground again,” Hoogstraten recently told Deadline. “Here at The WONDER Project, our goal is to flood the world with hope.”

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“I believe we can make a difference by telling stories that restore hope for things worth believing in – family, community, God and America,” she added. “We will do this at scale for a global audience looking for entertainment shaped by faith and values. And we will give audiences a brand they can call their own.”

“'House of David' is our telling of a 3,000-year-old hero's journey, and it all begins with our David, Michael Iskander,” Erwin told Variety. “Finding and working with Michael has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Our entire cast is incredible, and I can't wait for audiences around the world to get to know them as I have.”

“House of David” is Erwin’s idea and the first project for Prime Video after signing an agreement with Amazon MGM Studios.

“House of David is the first project under this new deal, and we are setting the stage for a series of compelling, values-driven films and television shows,” said Erwin. “This is a milestone for The WONDER Project, and we are excited to partner with a company that understands and supports our mission and audiences in such a groundbreaking way.”

According to a synopsis given to the Hollywood Reporter, the series “follows the once-mighty King Saul as he falls victim to his own pride. A prophet prepares to overthrow him – anointing the outcast shepherd boy David as the second king. As Saul's anger grows, David must navigate love, violence and politics in the court of the man he is meant to replace. Two kings. One kingdom. The result is war.”

“The Chosen” creator Dallas Jenkins is a major shareholder and special advisor to the studio.

“When we met Jon, Kelly and Dallas, we were moved by their clear and passionate vision for The Wonder Project and their ambition to tell universal stories of love, triumph and spirituality,” said Vernon Sanders, head of television for Amazon MGM Studios. “We are very excited about the reach, scope and style of storytelling that comes with 'House of David' and look forward to sharing this epic and many others with our Prime Video customers worldwide.”

Production of the biblical drama series is currently underway in Greece.



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