×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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.”

More Film

  • Speed Kills

    Film Review: 'Speed Kills'

    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 […]

  • Oscars Oscar Academy Awards Placeholder

    Academy Cancels Red Carpet Interviews at Governors Awards Due to Wildfires

    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 […]

  • Diego Luna Inclusion

    6 Takeaways From Variety’s 2018 Inclusion Summit

    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 […]

  • MLB Doping Scandal Documentary 'Screwball' Set

    Film News Roundup: MLB Doping Scandal Documentary 'Screwball' Set for Spring Release

    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 […]

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heading to $75 Million Opening

    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 […]

  • William Goldman Dead

    William Goldman's Best Lines

    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 […]

  • Chris Pratt. Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom'

    Chris Pratt in Early Talks to Star in 'The Saint' Movie Reboot

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content