According to T&S, Richard Dutcher claims that he now has all the funds necessary to produce his new film on Joseph Smith. He also confirmed that Val Kilmer is interested in the lead role. In the T&S thread, one commenter thinks that only a member of the church with a testimony of the Prophet should play him. Given my theatre experience and the fact I have occasionally had someone state I look(ed) like Joseph Smith, I’d be happy to do it.
Doubt that would happen though. American filmmakers?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùespecially LDS ones?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùdon’t come to Canada looking for actors.
Anyhow, I don’t think someone’s religious affiliation should be a consideration in casting. Look what happened to the flop that the Book of Mormon Movie was. I’d rather see a non-member experienced actor playing Joseph Smith that an active member, but poor actor playing him.