The life and death of Jesus is among the most-chronicled stories in human history — and in cinematic history as well. National Geographic Channel adds to that canon on Sunday (March 29) with its three-hour film “Killing Jesus.”

The film, based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s best-selling book of the same name, examines the political and historical circumstances that helped lead to Jesus’ death. In Zap2it’s exclusive sneak peek from the film, Roman governor Pontius Pilate (“True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer) explains to his wife, Claudia (Tamsin Egerton), what Jesus (played by Haaz Sleiman) teaches. It’s clear that Pilate doesn’t take Jesus seriously at this point.

“Killing Jesus” also stars Kelsey Grammer as King Herod, Rufus Sewell as Caiaphas and Emmanuelle Chriqui as Herodia. It premieres at 8 p.m. ET/PT Sunday on NatGeo.