Weinstein Co. in Talks to Acquire Mary Magdalene Biopic
Rooney Mara, who is up for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in TWC's 'Carol,' is in talks to play the New Testament heroine.
The Weinstein Company is in negotiations to acquire North American rights to a Mary Magdalene biopic from See-Saw Films and Film4, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Rooney Mara, who co-starred in and is up for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in TWC's Carol, is in talks to play the New Testament heroine.
See-Saw, the U.K.-based production company behind such TWC films as The King's Speech and Macbeth, is producing the Garth Davis-helmed film, which it developed with Film4. See-Saw and TWC also worked together on the TV project Love, Nina (TWC has North American rights).
Universal Pictures International Productions is partnering with See-Saw Films on the biopic, so Focus Features would have had the first look.
Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett wrote the screenplay about the acolyte of Jesus Christ, and production is set to kick off in the summer. TWC plans to release the film in 2017.
The Weinstein Co. is no stranger to controversy, and a Mary Magdalene biopic would seem certain to generate a hullabaloo. As a disciple of Jesus and witness to his resurrection, Magdalene is considered one of the most important female figures in Christianity, though she has been often portrayed as a repentant prostitute (that portrayal is not supported by the canonical gospels).