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"The Chosen" Coming to Theaters with a 2021 Christmas Special

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

The team behind the streaming show about the life of Christ also hopes to start shooting season three in the spring of next year.

Sara Anne and Raj Bond as Mary and Joseph in a scene from "Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers."
Sara Anne and Raj Bond as Mary and Joseph in a scene from "Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers." Image: "The Chosen"/Fathom Events.

Talk about an extravaganza, The Chosen is coming out with a brand new episode and a star-studded lineup of Christian musical acts this Yuletide season. It's called Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers and it will hit theaters nationwide December 1st and 2nd.

"The Chosen" creator/director Dallas Jenkins announces the 2020 Christmas special in a livestream on YouTube.
Show creator/director Dallas Jenkins announces this year's Christmas special in a livestream. Image: "The Chosen"/YouTube.

The episode will tell the Nativity story through the eyes of Mary and Joseph and feature the actors who played in the pilot episode of this show about Jesus' earthly ministry. Sara Anne and Raj Bond reprise their roles as Jesus' mother and father from The Shepherd, which series creator/director Dallas Jenkins made for his church in 2017 and ultimately ended up paving the way for this hit series.

The new episode will kick off the Christmas special and be followed by a who's-who of contemporary Christian music performing beloved Christmas carols and new songs as well. Among the artists included are For King & Country, Brandon Lake, Jordan Feliz, Matt Maher, Maverick City, We The Kingdom, Cain, The Bonner Family and Phil Wickham.

A mock up of permanent set being built for the show near Dallas, TX.
A mock-up of the permanent set being built for the show near Dallas, TX. Image: "The Chosen"/YouTube.

In a livestream announcing this event, Jenkins also gave an update about season three of The Chosen, telling viewers that a new permanent set for the show is currently under construction at a Salvation Army camp ground outside of Dallas, TX. In addition to a replica Holy-Land town from the time of Christ, it will feature a 25,000 to 40,000-square-foot sound stage.

If things go according to plan, the director says that he and his team could launch production as early as March, 2022; he did not, however, give any target release date for the first episodes.

As for the coming special engagement showing - Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers - it is being put on by Fathom Events, a joint venture of AMC, Cinemark and Regal, and you can get tickets to one of their theaters in your area via this link to the company's website. The trailer below will give you a sense of what to expect.


Donna Blankenship
Donna Blankenship
Oct 27, 2021

Trying to get tickets for the Christmas movie in Pickerington Ohio Marcus cinema, but it keeps saying try back later. Are you going to have a showing there?

Oct 27, 2021
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During last night's livestream, Dallas Jenkins mentioned that some theaters had already sold out, so perhaps that's the issue. He also suggested that in that case, people should call the theater directly to let them know they want additional showings. With these Fathom Events, extra nights are sometimes added if there is sufficiently high demand.

Thomas Bonifield, Exec. Editor

Christian Film Blog

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