Garth Davis’s Mary Magdalene is an alternative look at the story of Jesus Christ. Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus, while Rooney Mara takes the lead role. This looks like it isn’t going to be a glossy Hollywood spectacle style Biblical epic, but more of a textured character piece. Looks good.
Mary Magdalene opens in the UK on 16 March.
MARY MAGDALENE is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem. Written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, MARY MAGDALENE also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim.