This is not just a movie for us, it’s a message, and who better to have on your side to deliver an important societal and spiritual message than the Pope.
He has a cameo and plays himself in a new religious-themed feature film called Beyond The Sun.
It’s about four young children from different cultures trying to following teachings of Christ. The project be launched at the Cannes Film Festival on the 17 May.
The producers said this is the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church that a Pope has agreed to play a cameo role in a film.
They also said Francis inspired by the move. He reportedly asked producers to make a movie with the purpose of communicating the message of the Gospels to youth.
Andrea Iervolino, one of the co-founders of AMBI Pictures, the company which made the film, told The Telegraph: “Our excitement and gratitude toward His Holiness, Pope Francis, participating in this film is beyond words.
“This is not just a movie for us, it’s a message, and who better to have on your side to deliver an important societal and spiritual message than the Pope.
“We are honoured and inspired by the level of collaboration from the Vatican.”
According to The Telegraph, profits from the film will be donated to two charities in Argentina that help disadvantaged children.