Netflix's new show Messiah is already causing furore among fans just three days after its trailer release. Shows or movies touching on topics of religion has never been without controversy. One must remember the outburst among viewers for Mel Gibson’s 2004 ‘The Passion Of Christ’ and the Dan Drown movie adaptation, The Da Vinci Code that sparked protests, editorialising and anger amongst the Christian community. Touching on the sensitive issue of religion, the trailer shows a self-proclaimed Messiah managing to amass a somewhat cult like following with his supernatural abilities, a huge nod at at Dajjal, a false prophet in Islamic theology synonymous to the Antichrist.
The trailer of Messiah played by Mehdi Dehbi - claims that he is the true son of God causing people to call him the ‘antichrist’ with many threatening to cancel their subscription even before its release.
Messiah also sees CIA agent, played by MissioI Impossible: Fallout star Michelle Monaghan who is assigned the case of the mysterious Al Massih ad-Dajjal and is out to debunk the claims of his ability to perform ‘miracles’ by choosing to rather see him as a con.
Commenting on the trailer, one user wrote, ‘’I'm calling it. He is the Anti-Christ Hollywood is too cynical for him to be legit’’.
‘’What exactly makes it audacious? This is literally drawing from Quranic accounts of the Antichrist's coming’’ wrote another.
Others have even threatened to cancel their subscription writing, ‘Who is with me vowing to cancel our subscription and never watch Netflix again if they allow this Messiah show to drop?
As of now Messiah has been scheduled for a January 1, 2020 release on Netflix.