The company is reportedly finalising a North American rights deal for the Biblical era biopic that would see it partner once again with See-Saw Films.

Rooney Mara

As ScreenDaily reported exclusively, Rooney Mara is in the frame to star for director Garth Davis as the misunderstood devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

Were Mara to commit to Mary Magdalene and The Weinstein Company come on as distributor it would mark a major reunion with London-based See-Saw Films and Davis.

The parties are all involved in Lion, an awards bait drama that the Weinsteins will distribute later this year and also stars Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

Universal Pictures International Productions partners with See-Saw on Mary Magdalene and Universal will distribute in all international territories except Australia and New Zealand, where Transmission handle rights. Film4 developed the project with See-Saw.

The Weinstein Company and See-Saw collaborated on Macbeth and famously began their association with Oscar winner The King’s Speech.