Aloe's 'Mary' has its Joseph

Diogo Morgado joins cast including Al Pacino

Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado has been cast as Joseph in Aloe Entertainment's "Mary, Mother of Christ."

He joins Camilla Belle, Al Pacino, Peter O'Toole and Julia Ormond in the action drama about the biblical journey of young Mary and Joseph during the terrible reign of Herod the Great. James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross") is directing from a script by Barbara Nicolosi and "The Passion of the Christ" co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald.

The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.

Morgado turned up at the end of a global search to cast the lead.

"We saw a huge amount of young actors and a couple were great," Foley said. "We thought we had finished our search when a tape appeared with this incredible guy. A major future star walked in the room, and I knew we had found the one."

Morgado, repped by the Park Noack Agency in the U.S., has been one of the most recognizable actors in Portugal since his debut as a teenager 15 years ago. He's had recent roles in the feature "Star Crossed" and the TV series "A Vida Privada de Salazar."

"Mary" is Morgado's first role in an American production.

Mary Aloe of Aloe Entertainment ("Battle in Seattle") is producing along with Dune Films ("Babel"). Mauricio Sanchez, Mike Dolan and James Volk are exec producing.