FIRST LOOK: Juan Pablo di Pace as Jesus in NBC's 'A.D.'

Juan Pablo di Pace as Jesus
NBC has released the first look at the highly anticipated miniseries A.D., which premieres Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

A.D. is the sequel to the History Channel's top-rated The Bible. Juan Pablo di Pace will star as Jesus.

The 35-year-old Argentina native's credits include the NBC series Camp and TNT's reboot of Dallas.

Di Pace was among those to announce the news Wednesday, when he expressed his excitement to his 4,000 Instagram followers and 16,600 Twitter disciples.

Executive-produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the 12-episode A.D. is slated to coincide with the Easter season. That's appropriate timing, as the Bible series ended with the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.

According to People magazine, the sequel "will focus on the fallout and the impact the crucifixion had on Jesus’ mother, Mary, his disciples and key political and religious leaders."

Check out one more sneak peek photo below:

(l-r) Babou Ceesay as John, Greta Scacchi as Mother Mary, Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene

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