The film from Garth Davis finished principal photography several months ago, but will now be released March 30, 2018. This move, therefore, coincides with the Easter holiday. Davis also directed last year’s Best Picture nominee “Lion” for The Weinstein Company.
Harvey Weinstein told IndieWire:
Garth, Iain, Emile, and Liz along with the rest of the team are working hard to finish the film, and tell Mary Magdalene’s extraordinary story. Having Garth direct back-to-back films for us was always going to be a race against time, especially with the overwhelming success and his enormous dedication to ‘Lion.’
“Mary Magdalene” stars Rooney Mara (“Carol”) in the title role as a disciple of Jesus. Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”) plays Jesus. The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) and Tahar Rahim (“Un prophète”).
The move opens up “Mary Magdalene”‘s original awards season release date. That slot will now be filled by TWC’s “The Current War.”
“The Current War,” which tells the story of the electricity competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, is now moving to November 24. Its original release date of December 22 put it into direct holiday competition with some other highly anticipated competitors. Moving to November gives Weinstein’s last major contender some room to breathe.
The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) and Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”) as Edison and Westinghouse respectively. It also stars Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Nicholas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Katherine Waterston (“Logan Lucky”), Tuppence Middleton (“The Imitation Game”), and Matthew Macfadyen (“Anna Karenina”).
“The Current War” is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”). The screenplay was written by Michael Mitnick (“The Giver”).