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‘Mary Magdelene:’ Watch Rooney Mara Star Alongside Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus in New Trailer (Video)

This time, the focus isn’t solely on the Son of God

A new take on the story of Jesus is here, but this time, the focus is shifted onto one of the Bible’s lesser-discussed apostles of Christ: Mary Magdalene.

Rooney Mara stars as the titular character opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Apostle Paul. The trailer focuses on the tension between Mary and the other apostles because of her gender, and show Paul in particular repeatedly urging Jesus that she doesn’t belong with them.

“People will judge us,” he says, for allowing a woman to travel with them.

But Mary stays with Jesus until the bitter end, even after Jesus’ mother Mary warns her to be ready to lose him. We know how this story ends: in the Bible, Mary is the first person Jesus reveals himself to after he rises from the dead.

Garth Davis (“Lion”) directs. The film is slated for release on March 30 of next year (just in time for Easter weekend).

Watch the full trailer above.