Garth Davis’ Mary Magdalene may finally shine a light on the only female apostle to be part of Jesus Christ’s disciples but it still makes room for a number of his male apostles. Two of these appear in the form of Peter who is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judas played by Tahar Rahim. The spiritual, rather than biblical, picture delves a little bit deeper into the souls of these two men to show their battles of Peter’s acceptance of Mary into the group and Judas, although betraying Jesus, his struggle with the decision giving the man a human side.
Mary Magdalene is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem.
We spoke to Ejiofor and Rahim about their respective roles and how they brought these biblical characters to life in a way that has never been explored before. We also spoke on the casting of Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix as both Mary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth.
Mary Magdalene is out in cinemas March 16th.