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]
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Actor Joel Edgerton and director Jeff Nichols have both been coming up through the ranks over the past decade, so it makes a certain sense that they’d end up doing a studio project together. Nichols is the director of such films as Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud. Now he’s set to make his first studio film for Warner Bros. While the nature of the script has not been detailed to a great degree, we know it to be a chase film with a science fiction bent.
In his three previous features Nichols has employed Michael Shannon, and has already tapped the actor for this Warner Bros. project. Now he is also reportedly looking to Joel Edgerton to fill out another role. Read More »
With a stretch of ever more-impressive films that includes Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and the excellent recent release Mud, director Jeff Nichols has been a sort of indie king. But he’s just made the jump to studio pictures, by selling a movie pitch to Warner Bros. Or he’s in the process of making the jump at least, as Deadline reports that Nichols has sold his next movie, which shoots early next year, to the studio.
Update: A new report says that Michael Shannon will star, and calls the film a “sci-fi chase film,” which pegs it as Midnight Special. More below.
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