10:37am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Morgan Freeman to Explore 'Story of God' for National Geographic
Morgan Freeman is poised to explore The Story of God.
National Geographic Channel has picked up a docuseries in which Freeman will immerse himself in religious experiences and rituals all over the world.
The series — produced by Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger of Revelations Entertainment — will explore mankind's quest to understand the divine. Freeman will become a test subject in scientific labs to examine how neuroscience and cosmology are intersecting religion. The series is set to air in 2016 in 171 countries and 45 languages.
Each episode will center on one big question about the divine — from the mystery of creation to miracles and resurrection — and how the mysteries impact people from every faith. Freeman will visit sites including Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, Mayan temples and the Lakewood megachurch in Texas. He will also travel with archaeologists to uncover long-lost religions like those practiced at the 10,000-year-old ruins at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey and the ancient Celtic monument at Stonehenge.
“The story of God is one of the greatest mysteries and most important ideas in the world,” Freeman said. “For me, this is a personal and enduring quest to understand the divine, and I am humbled by the opportunity to take viewers along on this incredible journey.”
Michael J. Miller will oversee for Nat Geo alongside vp production and development Kevin Mohs, senior vp programming and development Alan Eyres, and Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production.
Story of God comes as Freeman and Younger continue to produce Science Channel's Emmy-nominated Through the Wormhole, a docuseries exploring the mysteries of the universe.
The Oscar winner (Million Dollar Baby) also exec produces CBS' Sunday drama Madam Secretary, which will return in the fall for its second season.