The Audi Dublin Film Festival which gets underway in two weeks time has announced that Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are to come to Dublin for a gala premiere screening of Mary Magdalene.

Phoenix, who shot to prominence as Johnny Cash in the biopic about the iconic singer, is trading his black shirt for sandals as Jesus of Nazareth in the Garth Davies directed movie.

The biblical epic will go on general release across Ireland on March 16th but the stars will be on the red carpet for a special premiere on Wednesday, March 28th in an addition to what is already a very impressive lineup.

This is the third year of a three year sponsorship deal for Audi who replaced original sponsor Jameson after 13 years in 2006.

Other imaginative links have been forged between the Ark Children’s theatre and Cheesestrings around #FantasticFlix, a children’s film programme, and between Just eat as the official Food Partner and their support of a Just Eat surprise movie.