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Nat Geo, Morgan Freeman Team to Create ‘Story of God’

National Geographic Channel will team with veteran actor Morgan Freeman to create a new series, The Story of God, the network announced Thursday (June 11).

Freeman will serve as host and executive producer of the series, which will examine religious experiences and rituals around the world, according to network officials. Each episode of the series will center on one big question about the divine, from the mystery of creation to the true power of miracles to the promise of resurrection, said the network.

The Story Of God, which will premiere in 2016 on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Mundo in the US as well as in 171 countries, will be produced by Revelations Entertainment.  

“We’re partnering with Revelations Entertainment and the talented, multifaceted Morgan Freeman to produce an epic and very personal journey to understand mankind’s religious devotion,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Channels in a statement. “Blending science, history, anthropology and personal experience, we’re harnessing the power of the National Geographic brand and our unparalleled global reach to tell a meaningful and awe-inspiring story of religion and spirituality, across disciplines and faiths.”

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