Review: The Chosen Season Four Premieres in London




The Chosen is a ground breaking historical drama based on the life of Jesus (Jonathan Roumie), seen through the eyes of those who knew him. Set against the backdrop of Roman oppression in first-century Israel, the seven-season show shares an authentic and intimate look at Jesus’ revolutionary life and

Watch The Official Chosen Season Four Trailer here.

The Chosen is one of the most-watched shows in the world, it’s consistently a top-performer across streaming platforms Amazon Prime, Peacock and Netflix and a top-rated broadcast weekly on The CW. With episodes garnering nearly 600 million views, it’s grown from a crowdfunded project into one of the most popular series in the world. The Chosen has over 10m followers across social platforms. The Chosen is an independent production written, directed, and produced by Dallas Jenkins and is distributed globally by Lionsgate.

It was a thrill to attend the premiere of The Chosen Season Four in London recently. The event was buzzing with journalists, fans, actors, writers and members of the production team. I had the great privilege of going behind the scenes to meet some of the cast.

Review: As with other well known stories such as Titanic, or Apollo 13, there are always going to be moments in a series on the life of Jesus Christ when many of us will know what’s likely to happen next. Mary is going to be visited by an Angel, Jesus is going to turn water into wine. Lazarus is coming back from the dead and there will be a crucifixion and resurrection. So the question becomes how do you film the story and still keep the audience interested?

Dallas Jenkins and the team of writers of The Chosen have found a very simple answer. Tell the story straight from the Gospels but use your imagination to fill in the blanks and above all keep it real.

Season Four opens with two episodes that demonstrate this approach, both of which are very well done. We open with the beheading of John The Baptist and conclude with Jesus taking the disciples to Caesarea Philippi, where they visit “The Gates of Hell”. Having been to Caesarea Philippi the location looked very authentic, I have to say. Both scenes are dramatic, tense, well-acted, and thoroughly in line with what we know. However, the little vision John has as the axe falls is superb and the tension between the disciples as Jesus asks them “Who do people say that I am?” is real and felt.

Over all two great episodes worth seeing on the big screen. The rest of the season will come along shortly and as Jesus continues his journey to the cross with his chosen ones, it’s certainly worth going with Him, even if you do have a sense of what’s coming next.

The theatrical release of The Chosen Season Four, Episodes one and two, will be launching in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on February 1st 2024. Tickets are on sale now at

Above: Jonathan Roumie plays Jesus in The Chosen

All photos courtesy of Kova PR.

Andy Godfrey

Andy Godfrey is a speaker with Outreach UK and has been in full-time Christian work for many years. He is a founding member of the Mark Kermode Appreciation Society and has a collection of nearly 3,000 movies. He’s also an ardent Bristol City fan.

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