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Chiwetel Ejiofor to play apostle Peter in Mary Magdalene film

12 Years A Slave

Story by Jack Foley

CHIWETEL Ejiofor is in talks to play the role of Peter the apostle in biblical drama Mary Magdalene.

If successful, the actor would line up alongside the previously cast Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix in the film, which is being directed by Garth Davis, who helmed episodes of the small-screen crime drama Top of the Lake.

According to The New Testament of The Holy Bible, St Peter was a fisherman who became Jesus’s chief disciple, before eventually being martyred in Rome.

The character has previously been played by Omar Sharif, Ken Stott, James Brolin and Max von Sydow.

Mary Magdalene is being produced by the team behind the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech and has the backing of the Weinstein Company, meaning it could be an awards contender.

Commenting on the film, Peter Kujawski and Robert Walak, of Universal Pictures International Productions, said: “Mary Magdalene is a strong character, who was so unique in her time, and her story will give audiences a chance to experience the cultural turbulence, human passions, and devotional beliefs that set in motion so much of modern history.”

Ejiofor was Oscar nominated for his role in 12 Years A Slave and was most recently seen in hard-hitting cop drama Triple 9. His other notable credits include sci-fi adventure The Martian and comedy-drama Kinky Boots.

He will shortly be seen alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton in Marvel adaptation Doctor Strange.

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