‘Mary Magdalene’ is to released during Easter weekend 2018.

Mary Magdalene, a film which many thought might win at the 2017 Oscars, has released its first photos. Directed by Garth Davis, who previously helmed the film Lion, wanted to release the film during the Oscar friendly autumnal months. Those plans got dashed as The Weinstein Company pushed the movie to Easter weekend. Whatever happens in the end, one is certain that the film will be an interesting one.

Rooney Mara will play Mary Magdalene. Joaquin Phoenix, her boyfriend in real life, will play Jesus Christ. The studio's first sneak peek shows Mara playing Mary in all pathos. Viewers can expect Phoenix to display his enviable acting skills when he will portray the Son of God. The film started production in 2016. The public got their first inkling of the film's progress when a set photo of Mara puffing away below a crucified Phoenix was leaked. The official picture naturally shows Mara as Mary complete with a holy visage.

The Mary Magdalene film is scripted by Philippa Goslett and Helen Edmundson. The two narrates the travails of Jesus from Mary's point of view. Magdalene was always a controversial topic. There were a number of conflicting and dissent-inducing viewpoints concerning her for a number of centuries. The matter was murkier as Mary was a woman. It would be extremely interesting to see how the historical figure gets portrayed here.



Major portions of Mary Magdalene were shot in 2016. The director collaborated again with Greig Fraser, with whom he worked on Lion. Fraser shot the Mary Magdalene film on Alexa 65mm. The producers released a synopsis of the film:

Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.

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