‘Mary Magdalene’ Pushed to Easter, ‘Current War’ to Open Over Thanksgiving

The Current War
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company is delaying the release of “Mary Magdalene,” its upcoming religious epic, by four months, and moving the premiere of “The Current War,” an Oscar-bait historical drama, into the week of Thanksgiving.

“Mary Magdalene” will premiere in theaters March 30, 2018, otherwise known as Easter weekend, which pushes it out of this year’s awards season. It was originally slated to debut on Nov. 24, 2017. “The Current War” will bow in theaters in the slot that “Mary Magdalene” vacated — it was initially supposed to launch on Dec. 22, 2017. The film will screen at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Both pictures will start their runs in limited release.

Rooney Mara stars as the title character in “Mary Magdalene,” one of Jesus’ followers. Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus, while Garth Davis, who scored a box office hit with last year’s “Lion,” directs the film.

“The Current War” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, and centers on their race to find a way to offer electricity to consumers. Alfonso Gomez‐Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) directs the picture from a script by playwright Michael Mitnick. It’s expected to get a major awards push from the indie studio.

In its new slot, “The Current War” will open against “Call My by Your Name,” a romantic drama with Armie Hammer that garnered raves at Sundance. It will also premiere two days after Pixar’s “Coco,” Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” and the Morgan Freeman actioner “Villa Capri” hit theaters.

“Mary Magdalene” will open on the same weekend as Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” and “Tyler Perry’s She’s Living My Life.”

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  1. Startreknewf says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding . His roles are hugely varied so to claim he is always the same is rubbish. Just watch him in Frankenstein , Hamlet and Richard III . He is the finest actor of his generation. To witter about his background is pure jealousy and shows a real chip on the shoulders!

  2. SalULloyd says:

    So on a commercial level, they are sabotaging MARY MAGDALENE.

    • Yo! says:

      They are not. The story is about Mary Magdalene who was one of the women who were at the Golgotha when Christ was crucified and she was also the first to found about Jesus resurrection. All that is remembered on Easter time so that is the best date to draw people (christians) to watch the movie.

  3. Abby says:

    Cumberbatch has got to be the most overrated actor our there. He gets all these plaudits because he is an English thespian from an upper class background. But that is all he ever plays, posh and driven upper class folk. He is very repetitive. Even in Dr strange he was the same albeit with a shockingly bad American accent, that critics never mentioned. This looks like more of the same. He will probably get an Oscar nomination, white upper class Englishman, ticks all the boxes of an award winning thespian.

    • H says:

      He’s also played many different roles, Stuart: A Life backwards, Wreckers, Third Star, August: Osage County etc; lower class and every-day characters, that you decided not to mention as they’d go against your point. He plays intelligent, influential characters extremely well (can’t help that Turing, Hawking, Sherlock etc were posh – that’s who they were in real life or fiction, and each performance by Cumberbatch was extremely different), but because he’s an English ‘thespian’ from an upper class background – his work shouldn’t be applauded? We can’t help where we’re born and what family we’re born into. If that’s the issue for you then blame society, the industry – it’s not right at all to blame the actor, especially when they are talented and good at what they do. No one could have played Alan Turing better than Cumberbatch. I’m sure you wouldn’t want your background to be used against you as a reason why you shouldn’t be respected for your work.

    • Yo! says:

      I don’t agree. He played other characters, not posh, like David in Wreckers, Assange in TFE, Peter Guillam in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Khan in STiD and others. You must have seen him only in Sherlock,Turing and Strange. Also his portayal of Turing has nothing to do with Sherlock and Strange was different also. Most people don’t care about accents. Not everybody’s mother language is English. I’d have prefered his natural accent though.

    • SalULloyd says:

      True true. Cumbersomepatch did not deserve a nom for IMITATION GAME.

      • H says:

        Wow I can’t let that comment go – you must not have watched the film. Benedict Cumberbatch was absolutely outstanding in The Imitation Game. His Oscar nomination was more than deserved.

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