'Nativity Story' Gets Vatican Premiere

While "Snakes on a Plane" was denied the opportunity to premiere at the Vatican, New Line's latest film will get a that blessing.

The Vatican, accustomed to housing large spiritual events, will house the world premiere of "The Nativity Story," the new film from the director of "Lords of Dogtown" and "thirteen." Not surprisingly, this is will be the first feature film to premiere in the heart of the Catholic Church.

The not-so-holy event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, just ahead of the film's scheduled Dec. 1 release in the United States. Among the luminaries expected to attend are director Catherine Hardwicke, actors Shohreh Aghdashloo and Oscar Isaac, producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, screenwriter Mike Rich, and 7,000 invited guests of the Vatican.

Not included on the guest list is the film's 16-year-old (and pregnant) star Keisha Castle-Hughes.

"We are very proud of The Nativity Story and extremely grateful that the Vatican has embraced the film in this way," says New Line's President and COO of Worldwide Distribution and Marketing Rolf Mittweg. "We believe it is the perfect venue to present the film's universal message of hope and faith, a message we are sure will resonate around the world."

The event will serve as a benefit for the construction of a school in the village of Mughar, Israel, 40 kilometers from Nazareth.