New York: Brand new thriller series Messiah is coming to Netflix in January and the first trailer has been released. Netflix released the first trailer for its upcoming thriller Messiah this week – and inadvertently revealed a major plot twist to many Muslim viewers.
The show centres on a Christ-like man who performs miracles around the world.
But the character’s name is a huge nod to Dajjal, a false prophet in Islamic theology comparable to the Antichrist.
Many Muslims and Arabic speakers guessed that the “messiah” was Dajjal and joked they would need to “grab a prayer mat” after watching the trailer.
Created by The Book Thief’s Michael Petroni and directed by V For Vendetta’s James McTeigue, Messiah’s debut season will be available to stream beginning on New Year’s Day.
The series is described by Netflix as a “provocative and suspenseful thriller that explores the power of influence and belief in the social media age”.
In the trailer, the main character – played by Belgian actor Mehdi Dehbi – is seen performing miracles and building a huge international following.
A CIA officer investigates the elusive figure, whom she suspects of being a major global con artist. During an interrogation, the man says he was sent “by his father” to help people.
Dehbi’s character isn’t named in the trailer, but he is named on Netflix’s website as Al-Masih – Arabic for “the messiah”. It is the name used for Jesus Christ in Islam, but is also the name with which Dajjal is said to announce himself.