Mary Magdalene (2018 film)

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Mary Magdalene
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Teaser poster
Directed by Garth Davis
Produced by
Written by
Music by
Cinematography Greig Fraser
Edited by
Distributed by
Release date
  • March 16, 2018 (2018-03-16) (United Kingdom)
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
Language English

Mary Magdalene is an upcoming biblical drama film about the woman of the same name written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett and directed by Garth Davis. It stars Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Tahar Rahim.

It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2018, by Universal Pictures.



In February 2016, Rooney Mara joined the cast of the film portraying the role of Mary Magdalene, with Garth Davis directing the film, Universal Pictures, Film4 Productions and See-Saw Films will co-produce the film, with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman serving as producers.[1] In April 2016, Joaquin Phoenix was in talks to portray the role of Jesus Christ.[2] In July 2016, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim joined the cast of the film.[3][4] In September 2016, Hadas Yaron joined the cast of the film.[5] Hildur Guðnadóttir and Jóhann Jóhannsson composed the film's score.[6][7]


Principal photography began on October 3, 2016.[8][9] Principal photography concluded on December 2, 2016.[10]


Universal Pictures will distribute the film worldwide except for New Zealand and Australia, where The Weinstein Company will distribute.[11]

It was originally scheduled to be released in the United States and Canada on November 24, 2017.[12] In August 2017, the release was pushed back to March 30, 2018,[13] and in January 2018 it was pulled from the schedule and moved to an unspecified 2018 date.[14]

U.S distribution rights are still held by The Weinstein Company, despite the Weinstein scandal and dispelling an earlier version of The New York Times article claiming Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions' Affirm Films label acquired the rights from TWC.[15]


  1. ^ Jaafar, Ali (February 2, 2016). "Rooney Mara In Discussions To Play Mary Magdalene In Biopic". Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Jafaar, Ali (April 22, 2016). "Joaquin Phoenix Eyed To Play Jesus Christ In Mary Magdalene Pic". Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Jaafar, Ali (July 13, 2016). "Chiwetel Ejiofor In Talks For 'Mary Magdalene'; Will Play Peter The Apostle". Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jaafar, Ali (July 22, 2016). "Tahar Rahim In Talks To Play Judas In 'Mary Magdalene'". Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ Galuppo, Mia (September 13, 2016). "Israeli Actress Hadas Yaron Joins Weinstein Co.'s 'Mary Magdalene' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Jóhann Jóhannsson & Hildur Guðnadóttir to Score Garth Davis' Mary Magdalene". FilmMusicReporter. September 20, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Noone, Greg (September 18, 2017). "Inside the Dreamy Nightmare of Mother!'s Music-Free Soundscape". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mary Magdalene". My Entertainment World. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ Nattrass, JJ (November 21, 2016). "Joaquin Phoenix is bloody and bruised in his role as Jesus Christ while he and Rooney Mara film violent crucifixion scene for biblical biopic Mary Magdalene". Daily Mail. Retrieved November 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Day 74 #theend #marymagdalene #wrapparty 🎬👋🏻 #naples". December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 9, 2016). "Weinstein Co. in Talks to Acquire Mary Magdalene Biopic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 17, 2017). "'Mary Magdalene', 'Current War' & 'Wind River' Get 2017 Release Dates From Columbia". Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 21, 2017). "'Mary Magdalene' Sets Easter Weekend Debut; 'The Current War' Moves To Late November". Deadline. 
  14. ^ Pederson, Erik (January 19, 2018). "Weinstein Company Pulls 'War With Grandpa', 'The Upside' & 'Mary Magdalene' Off Release Schedule". Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  15. ^ Fretts, Bruce (2017-11-29). "New Trailer: 'Mary Magdalene,' Starring Rooney Mara". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 

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