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Rooney Mara in Discussions to Star as Mary Magdalene in See-Saw Biopic

LONDON — Rooney Mara is being pursued for the role and is in discussion to play Mary Magdalene in Garth Davis’ biopic, on which See-Saw Films is teaming with Universal Pictures Intl. Productions.

Mara, who picked up an Oscar nomination for her role in “Carol,” is set to star in the upcoming Untitled Terrence Malick Film, and Davis’ “Lion,” also produced by See-Saw and scheduled for release at the end of the year.

Davis said: “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. Having worked with Rooney on ‘Lion,’ I know she is a once in a life-time talent.”

“Mary Magdalene” will be produced by See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, whose credits include “The King’s Speech.” Film4 co-developed the film with See-Saw.

Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett penned the script to “Mary Magdalene,” which is described as “an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history.” Production is set to begin next summer for an anticipated release in 2017.

Universal will release the film in all international territories except Australia and New Zealand, where it will be handled by See-Saw’s long-time partners Transmission Films.

The film will be overseen at Universal by managing director of UPIP Peter Kujawski and co-managing director Robert Walak.

Mara is represented by WME and Management 360; Davis is represented by UTA; Edmundson by The Agency; and Goslett by Casarotto Ramsey & Associates.

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