Finally, the Trailer for the Mary Magdalene Movie that Birthed the Best Set Photo of All Time

Approximately 37 years ago—so, April 2017—the world was gifted a shot from the set of Mary Magdalene, in which a costumed Rooney Mara casually took a smoke break in front of the crucified body of Christ. And now, we finally have the trailer!


The delay is down to the fact that the movie got caught up in the fall of Harvey Weinstein; it was a Weinstein Company feature and was released internationally last year, but IFC Films finally pulled it out of purgatory and will release it domestically in time for Easter. He is risen! The synopsis, via IndieWire, though really the basic outlines are pretty common knowledge at this point:

“‘Mary Magdalene’ tells the moving story of one of the most misunderstood women in history, alternately vilified as a sinner and canonized as a saint. In the First Century A.D., the free-spirited Mary (Mara) flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, finding a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, defiant preacher Jesus of Nazareth (Phoenix). The sole woman among his band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of her patriarchal society. She undergoes a profound spiritual awakening, drawing her into conflict with Jesus’s apostles Peter (Ejiofor) and Judas (Tahar Rahim), and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment.”

Hard to imagine how any prestige drama could ever possibly live up to the droll dirtbag workplace comedy evoked by that initial snapshot, but maybe they’ll surprise me.

Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel



Watching Jesus Christ, Superstar, as a young and impressionable child has given me a high level of contempt for versions of Christ’s life not set in the 1970s and featuring Carl Anderson and his cleavage. (Pictured: what Bible stories should look like, according to me)