Best-known for playing the Arab excavator Sallah in the “Indiana Jones” films and the dwarf Gimli in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies has officially accepted a lead role in “Beyond the Mask,” a Christian period action-adventure movie currently being shot in the Detroit area.
Respected by American and British audiences alike, the SAG award-winning actor will play Charles Kemp, a powerful entrepreneur and respected businessman. Kemp is also a hitman for the British East India Company.
Set during the tumultuous 1770s in England and America, “Beyond the Mask” follows an East India Company assassin who now wants to bury his past and have a chance at love. In spite of his best efforts and new identity, he finally realizes his need for justification is only possible through Jesus Christ.
“Beyond the Mask” offers an intense action-adventure and period drama in a unique approach to Christian movies. This is not the first faith-based film Rhys-Davies has lent his talents to as he played Mordecai in the story of Esther, “One Night with the King,” He is also the presenter/narrator of the semi-documentary “KJB: The Book That Changed the World,”
In addition to “Indiana Jones” and “The Lord of the Rings,” Rhys-Davies is also known for his work as Agent Michael Malone in the 1993 remake of “The Untouchables,” as Vasco Rodrigues in the mini-series “Shōgun,” Professor Maximillian Arturo in “Sliders,” King Richard I in “Robin of Sherwood,” General Leonid Pushkin in “The Living Daylights,” and Macro in “I, Claudius” as well as many other films. He is also a veteran voice actor.
John Rhys-Davies joins a cast of over 30 respected actors, including Ade M’Cormack of “Lost” and Thomas Mahard of “Gran Torino” for “Beyond the Mask.”
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