The untitled project is slated to begin shooting this summer (16) and is described as an "authentic and humanistic portrait" of the controversial figure who was saved by Jesus Christ.

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

The movie is scheduled to hit theatres next year.

Barbara Hershey and Monica Bellucci have previously portrayed Mary Magdalene on film.