Director Garth Davis (Lion) tells the story of Mary Magdalene as never before. Mary (Rooney Mara) is portrayed as a strong young woman who leaves her family and fishing village to join a radical new social movement. Its leader, Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix), promises that the world is changing. Mary, his 13th and only female disciple, is searching for a new way of living, wanting more than to be married and live under the rigid strictures of the day.
As the notoriety of the group spreads and more are drawn to follow Jesus, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that leads her to Jerusalem, where she must face the reality of Jesus’s fate and her place in it.