For those of you who enjoyed Mary Doria Russell’s bestselling science-fiction novel, "The Sparrow," about a group of Jesuit scientists and lay colleagues who discover life on far-off planet with some tragic results, comes this bit of casting news . Many years ago there were rumors that the part of Father Emilio Sandoz, S.J., had been offered to, or at least considered by, Antonio Banderas. (Trivia: Banderas’ cousin was a kindly Jesuit brother who cared for Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the former superior general, during his last years in the Jesuit infirmary in Rome.)
Brad Pitt is certainly a talented actor, but the question remains: Is he handsome enough to play a Jesuit priest?
Photo: Brad Pitt, SJ (Pictured here in his black clerical suit, though on a day when his Roman collar was at the dry cleaners.)
James Martin, SJ