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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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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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My thoughts on the trailer. Basically, I don't expect to *agree* with everything the film does, but I *like* a lot of what I see here.

P.S.: How many films have shown Jesus actually baptizing people? John 3 says he did, but John 4 says he didn't, and the other gospels never mention the subject -- though it seems a given that baptism must have played *some* role in the Jesus movement, given that the Jesus movement came after John the Baptist's movement and before the early Church, both of which definitely baptized followers.

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Joel  Mayward wrote:
: Also, Wikipedia and IMDB currently give release dates of March 16 in the UK and March 30 in the US.

Yes, those have been the dates for a while. Plus Transmission Films is releasing the film in Australia on March 22, as per their website.

But Wikipedia *also* claims that Sony is releasing the film in the US -- which would be very odd, as Sony is also releasing Paul, Apostle of Christ just two days earlier, on March 28 -- and one of Sony's executives explicitly denied that the company was releasing Mary Magdalene in a statement that was sent to me. So I wouldn't trust Wikipedia on this point. As far as I know, the film's US release is still tied to the Weinstein Company, which means it is effectively in limbo.

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