One of the many titles to fall into no man’s land when The Weinstein Company folded was “Mary Magdalene.” The Rooney Mara led biblical drama was initially put forward as an Oscar vehicle. A festival bow came and went, with not a whole lot heard about when it might see the light of day. Then, as Harvey Weinstein fell into disgrace and his company shuttered, it was left homeless, stuck in cinematic limbo. Now, a new distributor has stepped up to put it into theaters. Not only that, they plan on releasing it in 2019 as well.
Deadline has the news, stating that IFC Films is the new home for the movie. What’s more, it will be imminently released, as an April 12th theatrical date has been set. “Mary Magdalene” stars Mara in the title role, with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Joaquin Phoenix (playing Jesus) in the cast as well. Garth Davis directed while Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett penned the screenplay.
From the piece:
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Mary Magdalene, the biopic from Lion director Garth Davis that had been in the clutches of The Weinstein Company in the midst of its collapse and eventual sale. Now the pic starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor joins the likes of Hotel Mumbai as a former TWC pic that has found a new home, and IFC has set an April 12 theatrical release date for it.
“Mary Magdalene” remains a curiosity. Now that IFC Films has it, it’ll finally be seeing the light of day, and only in a few weeks time. If nothing else, it’ll be another interesting performance to judge from Mara.