Mary Magdalene gets its first promo reel at Cannes


There are two Bible-themed movies coming out in November — just six months from now — and so far there have been no trailers or clips for either film.

But journalists at the Cannes film festival got a sneak peek at one film yesterday, when Focus Features showed them a promo reel for Mary Magdalene, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus and Rooney Mara as Jesus’ most famous female follower.

I haven’t seen much in the way of detailed descriptions of the footage in question, but a few movie journalists have posted brief reactions. Variety’s Brent Lang called Phoenix’s Jesus “ethereal” and Mara’s Magdalene “empowered”, and Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan said Phoenix’s Jesus comes across as “kind of a bemused hippie?”

If I come across any other descriptions of the promo reel, I will add them here.

The Weinstein Company is releasing Mary Magdalene in the U.S. on November 24. The other Bible-themed movie that month is The Star, opening November 10.

— The above image shows Phoenix and Mara in their previous film together, Her.

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