A spokesman in Rome said yesterday that Opus Dei was collaborating in the production of a full-length feature film on the life of its founder, Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. The producers said they were hoping to enlist Antonio Banderas and Robert De Niro for the leading roles.
Opus Dei’s spokesman denied a report in the Italian daily La Repubblica, which quoted a source close to the producers as saying Opus Dei had put up "several tens of millions of dollars" in a bid to re-burnish its image.
"Opus Dei is not funding the film, but it would be a consultant to the project," he said.
A spokeswoman for the producers, Lux Vide, said: "For the big parts, we would like De Niro and Banderas. But I say ‘would like’ because there are no contracts yet."