Sportsbet offering odds of $101 on Mel Gibson casting himself as Jesus in The Resurrection. Tarzan star Alexander Skarsgard is leading the betting to be Christ.
The Resurrection is a $3.00 chance to gross more than The Passion of Christ.
Mel Gibson is hoping to return to form and back into everyone’s good books with the sequel to his blockbuster The Passion of Christ.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au is taking bets on who will play the crucified one with Gibson a massive $101 to cast himself in the role.
Tarzan heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard leads the betting at $6.00 with Aussie brothers Liam ($11) and Chris ($16) Hemsworth not out of the running.
Original Jesus, Jim Caviezel, is considered an outsider at odds of $21 to resurrect his role.
The Passion of Christ is the highest earning non-English movie of all time and the sequel is a $3.00 chance to beat that record and also a $2.75 shot to be filmed in English.
Oscar credit appears a long shot though with the movie priced at $21 for Best Picture, $51 for Best Actor and Mel a $101 shot for Best Director.
“God knows Mel Gibson needs some divine intervention to resurrect his career but the odds are in his favour for another box office hit, just without Oscar glory,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
To play Jesus
$6.00 Alexander Skarsgard
$7.50 Armie Hammer
$8.00 Miles Teller
$9.00 Jai Courtney
$11 Liam Hemsworth
$11 Nicholas Hoult
$16 Chris Hemsworth
$21 Jim Caviezel
$51 Hugh Jackman
$67 Dave Franco
$101 Mel Gibson
$101 Leonardo Di Caprio
$101 Seth Rogen
$251 Will Smith
$251 Bruce Willis
$251 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
$501 Morgan Freeman
Passion of the Christ II Futures
$2.75 Original Script for Passion of the Christ II to be in English
$3.00 To gross more worldwide than the first Passion of the Christ
$7.00 To win a Razzie
$11 Passion of the Christ II to be cancelled due to not having an actor to play Jesus
$21 To win the Oscar for Best Picture
$51 To Win the Oscar for Best Actor
$101 Mel Gibson to win Oscar for Best Director
$101 Michael Bay to Co-Direct the film