Chiwetel Ejiofor Joins ‘Mary Magdalene’

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Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast in Mary Magdalene!

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play Peter the Apostle in the Weinstein’s Company and See Saw Pictures’ “Mary Magdalene,” sources confirmed to Variety.

Rooney Mara is set to star in the title role with Joaquin Phoenix playing Jesus Christ.

Ejiofor will play Peter, one of Jesus’ 12 apostles and his lead disciple. According to the New Testament, Peter was originally a fisherman and was with Jesus during key events only witnessed by a few apostles. He famously denied Jesus three times, and was forgiven after the Resurrection. Peter is believed to have been crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar, crucified upside down at his own request, believing himself unworthy to be crucified upright as Jesus was.

Source: Variety