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Executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett released the first look at the original NBC series event “A.D.” this week, including photos of the diverse cast.

In the follow up to Downey and Burnett’s hit “Bible” series, “A.D.” stars Argentinean actor Juan Pablo di Pace as Jesus, while the roles of iconic Bible characters such as Mary Magdalene, John, James, and Simon the Zealot went to actors from all over the world.

“Christianity is among the most diverse movements in history, so when Mark and I looked to bring this epic story of A.D. to life on NBC, is was important to us to find a cast as diverse and beautiful as the church is around the world,” Downey who serves as executive producer, said in a statement.

“We look forward to sharing these amazing performances with our audience, and in them we hope that people see themselves,” she added.

“A.D.” will pick up right where the “Bible” series left off on a harrowing yet uplifting journey through the birth of the church. More specifically, “A.D” follows the first ten chapters of the Book of Acts, exploring the aftermath of Christ’s death and it’s impact on his disciples as well as his mother, Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time.

The new series will premiere on NBC on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Nevertheless, faith leaders are already endorsing “A.D.,” including Pastor T.D. Jakes.

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