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Mary Magdalene trailer: Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix’s Biblical epic hints at controversial romance

The first trailer for Mary Magdalene, a new Biblical epic about the relationship she shared with Jesus Christ (Joaquin Phoenix), was released online on Thursday. And it’s proving to be controversial.

hollywood Updated: Nov 30, 2017 08:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus Christ in Mary Magdalene.

The first trailer for Mary Magdalene, a new Biblical epic about the relationship she shared with Jesus Christ, has been released online on Thursday. Directed by Lion’s Garth Davis, who reunites with Rooney Mara, the film offers a new perspective on one of the world’s best known stories.

Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus, and it’s a take that differs greatly from the ones we usually see. His Christ is more jovial, more relatable, and less enigmatic. He plays Jesus like a prophet who may or may not have a close relationship with God.

The film also tells the story through a feminist lens, and it looks like a lot of it will be through Mary Magdalene’s eyes. To many, she was just a companion to Christ in his final days - but their relationship did attract the attention, and in some cases, the envy of Jesus’ disciples. One of them - Peter - is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and has the most prominent role of any of Jesus’ followers.

Tahar Rahim hovers in the background as Judas.

The Mary Magdalene trailer promises a film that appears to have both quiet character moments and scenes of grand Biblical scale. The Crucifixion is hinted at towards the end, but more than any religious or spiritual aspect, the film seems to be targeting a wider audience with the potential romantic angle being played up.

Mary Magdalene stars an international cast including Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Hadas Yaron, Lubna Azabal, Lior Raz. The film was initially a Weinstein Company project, but in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault scandal, like many of his films, it was sold to another studio - in this case, Sony. Mary Magdalene is scheduled for a March 30, 2018 release.

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First Published: Nov 30, 2017 08:56 IST