Dallas Jenkins (Creator) & Alaa Safi (Actor) - The Chosen TV Series
Dallas Jenkins first produced the independent feature Hometown Legend at the age of 25 and shepherded it to distribution by Warner Brothers. In the nearly 20 years since, he has directed and produced over a dozen feature and short films for companies such as Universal, Lionsgate, Pureflix, Hallmark Channel, and Amazon. He is now the creator of the largest crowd-funded media project of all-time, a multi-season series about the life of Christ entitled The Chosen.
Alaa Safi was born and raised in France to Moroccan parents. At the age of 7, he starts practicing martial arts. At 18, he's the Tae Kwon Do World Champion. His fighting and acrobatic skills get him to work as a stuntman in Thailand, India and France. He studies acting in the Atelier International de Théâtre Blanche Salant & Paul Weaver. He starts taking on roles, and keeps studying with Jack Waltzer.
Since he's 21, Alaa takes part in different film genres. But his performance as antagonist to Jackie Chan in Chinese Zodiac 12 paves his way to Hollywood. He's offered to play The Moor in Outcast with Nicolas Cage. He then joins Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen and Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange. He's directed by Michael Cuesta in American Assassin alongside Michael Keaton, by Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile, and by Kevin Macdonald in The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim and Benedict Cumberbatch.
His performances in Taureau Taureau and in his directorial debut Chrysalis earned him respectively the Best Male Actor Award at the Festival National du Film Hyères les Palmiers and the Cassavetes Award for Best actor at the Austin Arthouse Film Festival. He plays Simon the Zealot in the internationally acclaimed series The Chosen.