Is there a fine line between Christ-like and anti-Christ?
Netflix asks that question — just in time for Christmas — in a trailer released Tuesday for the upcoming series “Messiah.”
In the 10-episode drama, premiering Jan. 1, 2020, Mehdi Dehbi (“London Has Fallen,” FX’s “Tyrant”) stars as a mysterious man with Jesus-worthy locks who can seemingly vanish at a moment’s notice and perform other modern-day miracles.
His appearance and mysterious ways lead to him develop a cult-like following from Syria to Texas. But he also comes under the watchful eye of skeptical CIA agent Eve Geller (Michelle Monaghan), who isn’t sure what to make of the seemingly divine dude who is “leading desperate people” around the world.
“He’s come out of nowhere and we don’t know who he is,” she says, adding that his flock of followers may be in serious danger. “He can be creating an army or he can be leading them to their death.”
Through her investigation, Monaghan’s spy has to figure out the charismatic figure’s true motives. “Geller must race to unravel the mystery of whether he really is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist capable of dismantling the world’s geopolitical order,” reads a portion of the show’s official synopsis.
Meanwhile, folks on social media have weighed in on the mystical premise, with one out-there poster taking things seriously and suggesting that “Netflix and other big production houses have already started predictive programming” about the appearance of an “AntiChrist.”
Another decided to recast the lead, suggesting that long-locked actor and comic Chris D’Elia (“You,” “Alone Together”) instead should have nabbed the part.
Created by Michael Petroni (“The Book Thief”) and directed by James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”) and Kate Woods (“Rectify”), the series also features Melinda Page Hamilton (“The Resident,” “How to Get Away With Murder”), Stefania LaVie Owen (“I’m Dying Up Here”), Jane Adams (“Easy,” “Sneaky Pete”), Wil Traval (“Jessica Jones”), Dermot Mulroney and Beau Bridges. The executive producers are Petroni, McTeigue, Emmy winner Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “Shark Tank”), Roma Downey and Andrew Deane.