Joel Edgerton to Battle Christian Bale in Fox's Biblical Epic 'Exodus'
Just earlier this year we learned that 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott wanted Christian Bale to play Moses in a Biblical epic called Exodus. When the project was picked up in 2009, it was pitched as a 300 style reimagining of the familiar Biblical tale following Moses from his near death as an infant to his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, as well as his defiance of the Pharaoh and deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement. We're not sure if that's still the approach, but now THR has word that Joel Edgerton is being lined up to star opposite Bale as Ramses, who will put up quite the fight against Moses.
Edgerton also just joined Jeff Nichols' sci-fi project Midnight Special, and he's coming off solid turns in Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby, so he's holding strong. Taking this role opposite Bale should be another big step in his career, and it sounds like the script from Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, rewritten by Steve Zaillian is ready to go with an eye towards filming in September. This film has been in the works for years now, so hopefully Scott makes this something worth the wait. He's got some recovering to do since delivering the disappointing Prometheus last year. Sound good?