First look: Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix reveal tender relationship between Mary and Jesus in emotional trailer for Mary Magdalene film

She plays the New Testament character said to have been the closest woman to the Son of God, beside his mother Mary.

And on Wednesday, Universal released the first trailer of Rooney Mara in the title role of Mary Magdalene opposite her real-life beau Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus.

The moving 156-second video follows the outcast young woman as she searches for a new way of living.

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Starting a new life:?Universal released the first trailer of Rooney Mara in the title role of Mary Magdalene on Wednesday

Starting a new life:?Universal released the first trailer of Rooney Mara in the title role of Mary Magdalene on Wednesday

Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth.?

In the gritty trailer a troubled Mary is cleansed of her 'demons' by Jesus, who smiles and says: 'There are no demons here,' as he lays his hand on her forehead.

He soon baptizes her much to the dismay of his followers, especially Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who are against the young woman joining them.

She watches while Jesus heals the sick and, when she points out that women are too scared to approach him, the Son of God tells her to do it.

Tough choice: In the gritty 156-second trailer, Mary defies her family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus, played by her real life beau Joaquin Pheonix

Tough choice: In the gritty 156-second trailer, Mary defies her family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus, played by her real life beau Joaquin Pheonix

Healing touch: A troubled Mary is cleansed of her 'demons' by Jesus, who smiles and says, 'There are no demons here,' as he lays his hand on her forehead

Healing touch: A troubled Mary is cleansed of her 'demons' by Jesus, who smiles and says, 'There are no demons here,' as he lays his hand on her forehead

In safe hands: He baptizes the now healed young woman into his faith

In safe hands: He baptizes the now healed young woman into his faith

'She will do God's will': Jesus declares that Mary will be a loyal follower

'She will do God's will': Jesus declares that Mary will be a loyal follower

Now firmly established in the movement, Mary finds herself at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem.

In a moment of foreboding, Jesus' mother asks Mary if she loves her son and when she says 'yes,' warns her that 'you must prepare yourself to lose him.'?

Quick flashes show the ghastly crucifixion after Mary promises to be with Jesus 'until the end.'?

Moving on: A soaking wet Mary is happy to have found her new 'family'?

Moving on: A soaking wet Mary is happy to have found her new 'family'?

Happy times: 'Why shouldn't she follow me,' Jesus asks his disciples

Happy times: 'Why shouldn't she follow me,' Jesus asks his disciples

Voice of doom: Peter, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is against Mary joining the group in the male dominated world, saying, 'People will judge us'

Voice of doom: Peter, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is against Mary joining the group in the male dominated world, saying, 'People will judge us'

New converts: Mary tells Jesus that women are too scared to come forward for baptism from a man, so he deputizes her to stand in for him, much to Peter's dismay

New converts: Mary tells Jesus that women are too scared to come forward for baptism from a man, so he deputizes her to stand in for him, much to Peter's dismay

But 'the end' never comes as she becomes a witness to a miracle.

Directed by Garth Davis and written by Helen Edmundson and Philipa Goslett, Mary Magdalene also stars Tahar Rahim as Judas Iscariot and Ryan Coor as Joseph.

Mary Magdalene?will be released in the UK on March 16 and the US on March 30 to coincide with Easter.

Coming to the end: Jesus is grabbed in Jerusalem

Coming to the end: Jesus is grabbed in Jerusalem

Last torment: Mary  promises to be with Jesus 'until the end' and is there for his darkest hour

Last torment: Mary promises to be with Jesus 'until the end' and is there for his darkest hour

Rebirth: However, 'the end'?never comes as she becomes a witness to a miracle. The movie will be released in the UK on March 16 and the US on March 30 to coincide with Easter

Rebirth: However, 'the end'?never comes as she becomes a witness to a miracle. The movie will be released in the UK on March 16 and the US on March 30 to coincide with Easter

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