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The Book of Clarence

January 12, 2024
2hr 16min
Status: released

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The Book of Clarence Movie Details:

Movie NameThe Book of Clarence
Country United States
Language English
GenreComedy, Drama
Release DateOctober 11, 2023 (LFF)
January 12, 2024 (United States)
Running Time2hr 16min
Age ratingPG-13
CastLaKeith Stanfield
Omar Sy
RJ Cyler
Anna Diop
David Oyelowo
Micheal Ward
Alfre Woodard
Teyana Taylor
Caleb McLaughlin
Eric Kofi-Abrefa
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
James McAvoy
Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by Jeymes Samuel
Written byJeymes Samuel
Produced byJeymes Samuel
James Lassiter
Tendo Nagenda
Cinematography by Rob Hardy
Edited by Tom Eagles
Music byJeymes Samuel
Production CompanyLegendary Pictures
Kilburn Lane
Distributor TriStar Pictures

The Book of Clarence Movie Cast and Characters:

  • LaKeith Stanfield as Clarence / Thomas
  • Omar Sy as Barabbas
  • Anna Diop as Varinia, Clarence’s love-interest and Jedediah’s sister
  • RJ Cyler as Elijah, Clarence’s best-friend
  • David Oyelowo as John the Baptist
  • Micheal Ward as Judas Iscariot
  • Alfre Woodard as Virgin Mary
  • Brian Bovell as Joseph
  • Teyana Taylor as Mary Magdalene
  • Caleb McLaughlin as Dirty Zeke
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Amina, Clarence’s mother
  • Eric Kofi-Abrefa as Jedediah the Terrible
  • James McAvoy as Pontius Pilate
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Benjamin
  • Chase Dillon as Cabbage
  • Nicholas Pinnock as Jesus
  • Babs Olusanmokun as Asher the Torturer
  • Chidi Ajufo as Goliath
  • Tom Glynn-Carney as Decimus
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Antoninus


A struggling down-on-his-luck man named Clarence living in A.D. 33 Jerusalem looks to capitalize on the rise of Jesus Christ by claiming to be a new Messiah sent by God, in an attempt to free himself of debt and start a life of glory for himself.

The Book of Clarence Movie Box Office Collection:

Budget$40 million
Opening Day$1 million
Opening Weekend$2.6 million
Domestic Collection$5,679,831
International CollectionTBA
Worldwide Collection$5,679,831

About The Book of Clarence Movie:

The Book of Clarence is an American biblical comedy-drama film written and directed by Jeymes Samuel, and produced by Samuel, Jay-Z, James Lassiter, and Tendo Nagenda. It stars LaKeith Stanfield, Omar Sy, RJ Cyler, Anna Diop, David Oyelowo, Micheal Ward, Alfre Woodard, Teyana Taylor, Caleb McLaughlin, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

In May 2022, Jeymes Samuel announced that The Book of Clarence would be his next film, and that LaKeith Stanfield would portray the title character. He cited biblical epics such as The Ten Commandments (1956), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Samson and Delilah (1949), and Ben-Hur (1959) as films he was modeling Clarence after.

In October, Omar Sy joined the cast, with Legendary Entertainment acquiring the project.

In December, RJ Cyler, Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Anna Diop, David Oyelowo, Alfre Woodard and Marianne Jean-Baptiste were among several additions to the cast.

Rob Hardy will serve as cinematographer, Tom Eagles as editor, Peter Walpole as production designer, and Samuel is composing the score.

Filming began in November 2022 in Matera, Italy.

The Book of Clarence had its world premiere at the 67th London Film Festival on October 11, 2023, and was theatrically released on January 12, 2024. It was originally set to be released on September 22, 2023, but was delayed for unspecified reasons.