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star Rooney Mara is reportedly in talks to play Mary Magdalene in a new film.

The untitled project is slated to begin shooting later this year and is described as an "authentic and humanistic portrait" of the biblical figure.

Mary Magdalene travelled with Jesus Christ as one of his followers after the prostitute was saved by Jesus.

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She is said to have witnessed Jesus' crucificion and resurrectioni.

If Mara signs on to the film, she will reunite with Garth Davis - the director of her latest film, Lion.

"Rooney's raw, brave approach to performances, coupled with her deeply magnetic inner life, holds all the dimensions needed to bring to life one of history's most misunderstood woman - Mary Magdalene," Davis said.

"Having worked with Rooney on Lion, I know she is a once-in-a-lifetime talent."

The movie is scheduled to hit cinemas next year. Actors Barbara Hershey and Monica Bellucci have previously portrayed Mary Magdalene on film.

- AAP