Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Normally, Ridley Scott tapping Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton for the leads of his next movie would be cause for excitement. But in the case of Exodus: Gods and Kings, Scott’s choices have raised some eyebrows. You see, Exodus is a film set in ancient Egypt, about ancient Egyptians, specifically Moses and Ramses.
More than a few people have pointed out the oddness of casting Caucasian people to play Africans — especially since the few black actors he did cast appear to be playing lower-class and criminal elements. Now Scott has finally responded to the Exodus casting controversy. Read his explanation after the jump.
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The first teaser trailer for Ridley Scott‘s new film, Exodus: Gods And Kings, has just been released. The film stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses, and “tetells the biblical story of Moses, who, according to the book of Exodus, suffered near death during infancy, was adopted into the Egyptian royal family, defied the Pharoah, freed the Hebrews and parted the Red Sea.”
The film is scheduled for release December 12; you can watch the first Exodus trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Entertainment Weekly has released a new photo of Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott’s Exodus. Hit the jump to see it now.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Thirty-odd years after Ridley Scott cast Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and two decades after they reunited in 1492: Conquest of Paradise, the pair are re-teaming once again for Exodus. Weaver has boarded the Biblical epic, along with John Turturro, Aaron Paul, and Ben Kingsley.
The trio join an already intriguing cast that includes Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton. Hit the jump to learn whom everyone is playing.
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Briefly: Ridley Scott is prepping Exodus, his film about Moses, at Fox. Christian Bale is set to play Moses, and now Scott is looking to Joel Edgerton to play Ramses (or Ramesses II). The actor is in early talks now for the role. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage scripted the film, and Steven Zaillian did a rewrite. This is one of two high-profile Moses films that have been in development in the past year. The other is Gods and Kings, which Steven Spielberg was set to make for a while. He ultimately dropped out, and the film doesn’t have a director at this point.
Edgerton, as you can see thanks to the pic above, isn’t the first guy that comes to mind for an Egyptian ruler who is contemporary to Moses. Perhaps there’s some unexpected element in the script that makes Edgerton suited for the role in a way that isn’t obvious from afar. He’s a fine actor, no argument, but this choice will kickstart arguments about whitewashed casting.
A more obviously great placement for Edgerton is in Jeff Nichols‘ new film Midnight Special, which will feature him alongside Michael Shannon. Deadline announces that Kirsten Dunst has also signed on for the sci-fi tinged chase film. [THR]
Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Ridley Scott hasn’t even finished post-production on The Counselor yet, but Fox already has an eye on awards season for his next project. The studio has set a December 12, 2014 release for Scott’s Moses movie Exodus.
That doesn’t leave Scott with a whole lot of room to do much else before jumping into Exodus from The Counselor. It’s probably a safe bet, then, that Prometheus 2 won’t land before 2015 or so. But that’s not stopping a casting rumor concerning Brit actor Rik Barnett (Rebels Without a Clue) from making the rounds. Hit the jump for more info on Exodus‘ premiere date and Prometheus 2‘s potential new star.
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When Steven Spielberg officially fell away from the DreamWorks project Gods and Kings, leaving the director’s chair open for potential occupation by Ang Lee, we knew that the film’s sagging momentum would be an opportunity for Fox to push its own Moses movie forward.
Ridley Scott has been developing the film, Exodus, at Fox. (Its relationship to Otto Preminger’s 1960 film is in title only, we presume. The film’s relationship to the book of the same name in the Hebrew Bible is likely more direct.) Originally written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, it has a new draft by Steve Zaillian. Ridley Scott reportedly wants to make it his next film after The Councellor, and now he may have Christian Bale as his Moses. Read More »