New International Trailer for 'Mary Magdalene' Starring Rooney Mara

February 15, 2018
Source: YouTube

Mary Magdalene Trailer

"We want the people to rise up…" Focus Features has revealed a new international trailer for the film Mary Magdalene, directed by Garth Davis, starring Rooney Mara as the biblical figure. The film has been pulled from the 2018 calendar in the US because it's being distributed by The Weinstein Company, and all of their films have been delayed until further notice. But it's still going to be released internationally by Focus Features, which is why there's this new trailer to give it that push. Mara plays Mary, and Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus in this retelling of the biblical story of these two. The full cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter, Tahar Rahim as Judas Iscariot, Ryan Corr as Joseph, as well as Ariane Labed. This looks very powerful, very stylish, certainly not your typical biblical film. And the two lead performances look ravishing.

Here's the new international trailer (+ poster) for Garth Davis' Mary Magdalene, direct from YouTube:

Mary Magdalene Poster

You can also still watch the original US trailer for Mary Magdalene here, to see more footage from this.

Mary Magdalene is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem. Mary Magdalene is directed by Australian filmmaker Garth Davis, of the film Lion previously and episodes of "Top of the Lake". The screenplay is written by Philippa Goslett and Helen Edmundson. The film has been pulled from the 2018 calendar due to Weinstein Co. issues, but it will still open internationally in the spring.

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I don't care about the Christendom, but I might like their performances ...

shiboleth on Feb 15, 2018


True, couldn't agree more, Bo! But I would also like to add that film should be more than legitimizing instrument for religious beliefs. It's a modernist art (when it succeeds to be an art), a post-religious tool in my view, and it should do subjects like this one without thinking about the needs of some dogma. As for the audience, I think there's a growing number of people willing to try some other approach than traditional one. As you said, let's keep our fingers crossed ...

shiboleth on Feb 16, 2018


Yeah, I might sound to narrow, but I wasn't really planning on being so. Which means that I agree with you. Of course, I have nothing against any creative endeavor, but here, I just wanted to be specific regarding work and its authors. I'm sorry if that's read as a way to reduce any art or creation to only some limited version of art. But I also think that religion is not very much capable of art in the last two centuries. And not only that, I'm pretty convinced, that relation between art and religion in history was always less religious and more social and creative reflection on religion itself. In other words, churches are the social history of art in the age and space of religion and not really an religious work or creation. Of course, beliefs of people that are creating any art is something quite different and I have no intention to propose that this should be limited only to people of some specific belief or conviction. I respect that. Cheers ...

shiboleth on Feb 16, 2018


Later gator, indeed!

shiboleth on Feb 17, 2018


Jesus is an actual historical figure, not Santa Claus. The New Testament may not be a factual account of history, but it is based on real events and real people, fool.

Terry Craig on Feb 19, 2018


It is? Do they have evidence of this? Do they have actual proof Jesus existed? Where?

Alex Billington on Feb 19, 2018


In primary sources from Jewish and Roman historians; Writings of both Christians and non-Christians (incl. early critics of Christianity) from within a few decades of Jesus' lifetime. For exact sources, some brief google searching should help you out there. If one chooses to not believe in that, you might as well doubt the existence of figures like Julius Caesar up to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Terry Craig on Feb 21, 2018


This seems to be one of the best breakdowns: The real question is whether he was anything more than a man or not. Pretty clearly, all of the historical documents don't backup the fantastical claims from the bible. So, yeah. Believe whatever you want to believe. 😉

Alex Billington on Feb 21, 2018


Nice cop out, Alex. You shifted the question around from whether Jesus existed to whether he was "more than a man", in order not to admit that I was right. I even stressed that the Bible is not a factual account, even though I was never debating anything other than the existence of Jesus, the human, in the first place. Nevertheless, I should say that I'm not taking this as seriously as it might sound like. Thanks for the heads up on the MM movie.

Terry Craig on Feb 23, 2018


I'm calling you a fool because you're wrong and choose to remain willfully ignorant. One, you assume I'm a follower of Christ just because I believe in his historicity. Two, there is enough evidence for his having existed, there's no need for "if he even existed". Three, see Matthew 23:17 for Jesus calling people fools. I don't know what you're referring to by saying you "go along" with Alex's reply, since he's just asking a question. Whatever you think "intelligent and free thinking people" do is very likely not what you're doing, dude. Why would it be foolish to believe in something written thousands of years ago? Has time lessened the wisdom found in the Ancient Greek philosophers' teachings that are even older than Jesus? Perhaps you need to check yourself instead of pointing someone to a Bible you've never touched, in a pathetic attempt to discredit widely accepted historical facts.

Terry Craig on Feb 21, 2018


If there were other actors involved I would care not one bit, but Phoenix and Mara are so good, I am interested.

DAVIDPD on Feb 15, 2018


"We want the people to rise up" !! Have any of those actors read the bible and understand what it says ? you can't Juggle with facts.

Quast on Feb 15, 2018


That line is from one of his followers, some of whom wanted a leader to lead a rebellion. There were many that were thought to be such leaders during the Roman rule, check your facts.

Lewis on Feb 16, 2018


Which mean, Actors didn't read bible. Thank you.

Quast on Feb 16, 2018


You're expecting all the lines in the film to be lifted from the Bible? Do you even understand that period in history?

Lewis on Feb 16, 2018


No. the question is who wrote that period of history ? and when ? example, Cleopatra, how presented by roman and history. Bible, written after years of Jesus death. History is not a book where you could find all details and facts. My point is, this kind of films pointless. Have a nice day.

Quast on Feb 17, 2018


That is not what you said: "Have any of those actors read the bible and understand what it says ? you can't Juggle with facts" You are implying that the Bible is 100% accurate, not me. Its well known that the Bible is a collection on scriptures, and that a number were dropped for conflicting with the ideology of the time. Maybe you should clarify exactly what you are saying before spouting off nonsense? Have a nice day.

Lewis on Feb 17, 2018


OK, Thank you.

Quast on Feb 17, 2018


This looks nice! I am not expecting a bible story, rather a fictionalized one, but still...

Joe Kundlak on Feb 16, 2018

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