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Universal’s Mary Magdalene Biopic Eyes Rooney Mara

2 February 2016 9:12 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fresh off wooing Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes’ critically-acclaimed Oscar hopeful Carol, Rooney Mara has emerged as an early frontrunner to land the title role in Universal’s Mary Magdalene biopic, Deadline has learned.

Partnering with See-Saw Films, the studio has already instated Garth Davis in the director’s chair, and it looks as though Mara is on the verge of coming aboard. Negotiations are currently underway, so it’s worth keeping in mind that the casting is yet to be finalized, but that hasn’t quelled Davis’ excitement about the potential of Mara portraying “one of history’s most misunderstood woman.”

“Rooney’s raw, brave approach to performances, coupled with her deeply magnetic inner life, holds all the dimensions needed to bring to life one of history’s most misunderstood woman — Mary Magdalene,” said Davis. “Having worked with Rooney on Lion, I know she is a once in a lifetime talent. »

- Michael Briers

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Biopics: Rooney Mara To Play Mary Magdalene, Keira Knightley Gets Literary With Colette

2 February 2016 7:29 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The biopic is a standard staple in Hollywood, but two projects are brewing that already promise to be distinct efforts, diving into the lives some very unique women in history. Read More: 15 Great Unconventional Biopics First up, Deadline reports that Rooney Mara will take the lead role as Mary Magdalene in a movie from director Garth Davis, who the actress has recently worked with on the upcoming "Lion," co-starring Nicole Kidman. Previously portrayed by Barbara Hershey in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation Of Christ" and by Monica Bellucci in Mel Gibson's "The Passion Of The Christ" (among other versions), Davis' film will track life of Jesus' devoted follower, who saw him crucified and resurrected. The untitled film has a script from Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, and production will begin in the summer. Next, Screen Daily has revealed that Keira Knightley is gearing up for the lead role in "Colette. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Deadpool' Tracking for a $55M+ Opening Weekend at Box Office

22 January 2016 12:05 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Traditionally, the month February doesn't usually play host to many box office blockbusters, but that has changed in recent years. In 2014, The Lego Movie opened with a whopping $69 million, en route to a domestic take of $257.7 million, and last year, Fifty Shades of Grey broke the all-time February opening weekend record with $85.1 million, breaking The Passion of the Christ's 11-year record of $83.8 million. That same weekend, the second place finisher, Kingsman: The Secret Service, even fared quite well, opening with $36 million. The February tradition of new blockbusters is set to continue this year with Deadpool, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing the film is on pace for an opening weekend take of $55 million.

Analysts started tracking the superhero adventure yesterday, with some even claiming that it could hit north of $60 million in its opening frame. The 20th Century Fox film will go up against Warner Bros. romantic comedy How to Be Single, »

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Mary Magdalene Film Sets Up Shop At Universal, The King’s Speech Producers Attached

21 January 2016 1:37 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Universal has ordered a live-action Mary Magdalene movie for a release in 2017 in partnership with See-Saw Films. Currently without an official title, the religious drama will be helmed by Garth Davis working from a script penned by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett.

Often referred to as Mary of Magdala or simply The Magdalene across the four Christian gospels, Mary Magdalene has been portrayed by Barbara Hershey and, more recently, by Spectre star Monica Bellucci in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. However, news of Universal and See-Saw’s biblical drama taking shape is the first sign that the celebrated and somewhat controversial figure will headline her own film.

No word yet on which actress will take on the title role, but we do know that Iain Canning and Emile Sherman are on board to produce, while Universal brass Robert Walak and Peter Kujawski offered a statement to Deadline in light of the announcement. »

- Michael Briers

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Go Figure, 'Deadpool' is Officially Rated-r

13 January 2016 6:11 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

In a shocking turn of events, we've finally found out the rating for Deadpool, and it's rated-r. I don't know about you guys, but I can't believe what I'm seeing/reading. I thought this film would be PG-13... Alright, I'm clearly being facetious about this, but yes, we finally have official word on the rating for Deadpool, and we all knew this was the direction the film was heading when it was first announced. Ryan Reynolds even did a joke interview with Mario Lopez and talked about how this film was going to be rated-r and very gritty (because we all love some true grit, right?). And if that didn't confirm it for you, you missed the Deadpool 2015 Comic-Con panel, where the entire cast and its director tried as hard as they possibly could to show just how cool and edgy and rated-r Deadpool is going to be (yay).

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- Nicholas Williams

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