Magazine article Screen International

Producer Liz Watts Joins 'Mary Magdalene'

Magazine article Screen International

Producer Liz Watts Joins 'Mary Magdalene'

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Tahar Rahim is in talks to play Judas in the biopic alongside Rooney Mara in the title role. Joaquin Phoenix in is negotiations to play Jesus and Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play the apostle Peter.

Garth Davis will direct from a screenplay by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett.

Watts, who launched Porchlight in 1997 with producer Vincent Sheehan and co-director Anita Sheehan, collaborated with See-Saw on 2012 drama Dead Europe.

Her credits include David Michôd's Animal Kingdom, The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe, The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and Little Fish with Cate Blanchett.

She most recently served as executive producer on eight-part detective series The Kettering Incident and is working in the same role on the feature adaptation of Jasper Jones starring Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving.

"It's a great privilege to be a part of bringing the amazing and timely story of Mary Magdalene to the big screen," said Watts. …

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