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Peter T Chattaway

Mary Magdalene biopic

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There may be a new movie about Mary Magdalene next year.

Mary Magdalene has been portrayed in numerous Jesus films, of course, but certain films have made a particular point of highlighting the character, e.g.: Close to Jesus: Mary Magdalene (2000), Mary (2005), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Magdalena: Released from Shame (2007) and the once-in-development Magdalena. I also appreciated the way both The Bible (2013) and A.D. The Bible Continues (2015) avoided the "prostitute" business and extended the character's involvement in the early church into the book of Acts.

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Footage, or a trailer, has been shown at Cannes. Variety says the film has "Rooney Mara as an empowered version of Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix as an ethereal Jesus." Curious to see if there will be any more-detailed descriptions of the footage.

 

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phlox   

Looking forward to this portrait of Mary Magdalene –love Rooney Mara, not so keen on Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. It will be interesting to see how the two women script writers (Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett)  show the relationship between Magdalene and Jesus, and her life after the resurrection…if they adopt the “golden legend” that has her traveling to France and living in a cave, or moving to Rome as a church leader, or something else.

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