Israeli teen Odeya Rush will star in ‘Passion of the Christ’ prequel


Odeya Rush: young Angelina Jolie? (Photo: Shlomo Rush, CC BY 3.0)

Sweet ‘imma’ of Jesus.

15-year-old Israeli actress Odeya Rush has been tapped to play the lead role in “Mary,” reports Ynet.

The film is prequel to Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” chronicling the early years of the virgin Mary. (Gibson isn’t involved in the film.)

Born and raised in Haifa, Rush moved to New Jersey and then New York City to pursue her acting career. Her recent credits include [SPOILER ALERT] the daughter of a gang-rape victim on “Law and Order: SVU” and Larry David’s childhood strip poker opponent in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Most recently, the so-called “young Angelina Jolie” has snagged a supporting role in Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” which hits theaters August 15.

The role is expected to be slightly more palatable to Jewish mothers than her previous gigs.

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