Casting agents are on the hunt for the new Jesus Christ to lead the cast in Chris Columbus' adaptation of Anne Rice's book Christ The Lord: Out Of Egypt.

Bosses at Columbus' 1492 Pictures acquired the rights to the tome last year (11) and now the moviemaker is looking for a young unknown to play the Messiah.

Casting directors Suzanne Smith, Elizabeth Barnes and Corbin Bronson have released a statement to PRWeb, revealing they are hosting an international online casting call for the part.

The statement reads: "He is a very special seven-year-old boy with a buoyant energy and magnetic charm, as well as quiet intensity. In many ways a normal young boy, he is beginning to understand his divine nature; at times we see in him a soulful quality, an unspoken intelligence and a deep stillness."

Christ The Lord: Out of Egypt will be directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and shooting is expected to start in Italy in March (13).