Deadline reports that Tahar Rahim, a French actor of Algerian descent best known for his starring role in Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet (pictured above), is in talks to play Judas Iscariot in Garth Davis’s upcoming Mary Magdalene movie.
Rahim would join a cast that already includes Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the apostle Peter, and Rooney Mara as the Magdalene herself.
This would not be the first time Rahim has appeared in a film set in ancient Roman times. He previously played the ‘Seal Prince’ in The Eagle, a 2011 film starring Channing Tatum as a Roman officer stationed in Britain circa AD 140.
Mary Magdalene is set to start shooting this summer for a release date next year.