Universal Pictures International Productions and See-Saw Films are teaming up for a currently untitled biopic of Mary Magdalene. The aim is to deliver a humanistic portrait of the enigmatic and misunderstood devoted follower of Jesus Christ who is believed to have witnessed both his crucifixion and resurrection.
Mary Magdalene developed a reputation as being a repentant prostitute during the Middle Ages, despite none of the Gospels supporting that claim. The likes of Barbara Hershey, Anne Bancroft and Monica Bellucci have played the role on film and TV productions.
Garth Davis (“Top of the Lake,” “Lion”) will direct the new movie from a script by Helen Edmundson & Philippa Goslett, while “The King’s Speech” duo of Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce. Shooting kicks off this summer ahead of a 2017 release.