First Look: Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott's Biblical 'Exodus'

December 30, 2013
Source: Empire


In what might be the first time we've seen the Biblical figure of Moses without long hair, the first look photo from Ridley Scott's epic Exodus has arrived with a glimpse at Christian Bale as the man who speaks to a burning bush. It's a simple photo featuring Bale atop a horse as the slaves of the Pharaoh Rhamses II (Joel Edgerton) build monuments in the desert. Scott's film will follow 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. Are we looking at a return to awards season worthiness for Scott? Look!

Here's the first photo from Ridley Scott's Exodus from Empire:


Exodus is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood, Alien, Blade Runner) and written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted), with a rewrite by Steve Zaillian (American Gangster, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The film follows Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Out of the Furnace) as Moses, chronicling the Biblical figures life from his adoption by Egyptian royals through his revolution against Pharaoh Rhamses II (Joel Edgerton). Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver. 20th Century Fox will release the film just before Christmas on December 12th, 2014.

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I thought Moses looked like a giant spinning dradle

TheOct8pus on Dec 30, 2013


Didn't realize there were so many white folks kicking around 1250 B.C. Egypt.

Thexn on Dec 30, 2013


So tall too, people round that time were super small.

Carpola on Dec 30, 2013


Precise Mention

Ehsan Davodi on Dec 31, 2013


I was going to post the same thing (like I did about the top ten performances for actors and actresses for 2013); however, all I read was "Isn't it about the best" bullshit.

same on Jan 1, 2014


Hmmm....not really inspired by that picture.

Steven on Dec 30, 2013


Though I've just seen a picture from the set with Bale and a full on beard that really looks good.

Steven on Dec 30, 2013


Moses has nice styled hair

Brandon V. Fletcher on Dec 30, 2013


Isnt Joel edgerton too cute to be playing Ramses?

Akhan on Dec 30, 2013


I feel that Scott has just lost his touch, it's sad, but true.

Chris Groves on Dec 30, 2013


Agreed. While i always give Sir Scott the benefit of the doubt, after his last two movies, I have little hope. I feel like Noah > Moses but you never know...

Buzzfunk on Dec 30, 2013


Yeah, of course a final judgment can't go out until we get a chance to see both films.

Chris Groves on Jan 1, 2014


Chris, it's Bo here. And here you are again with your misperceptions. This time regarding Scott? Come on, man. Tell me you aren't one of those who couldn't handle the wonderfully funny and dark The Counselor. Scott is one of the best filmmakers working today. His Kingdom of Heaven was a great, great film. His take on this whole burning bush God carving with lightening into stone the big 10 should be interesting. At least I would think so. Sorry to see you so far off the mark again, Chris. Lost his touch? Ummmm... Although I gotta admit I had severe problems with Prometheus so maybe you got a he shooting digitally? lol...

Guest on Dec 30, 2013


Who's the creep following Chris around and caring so much what he thinks? Nobody look directly into his life, your eyes will probably burn.

Sarah on Dec 30, 2013


Well Sarah, thank you for the rather wierd and maybe kinda creepy reply. My only question to you is, 'what's it to you'? Eh? Just for your information so you shall be able not to remain so ignorant on Chris and myself, Chris and myself have been trading emails and replies regarding different films and digital vs. film, etc. It has been humorous and fun and informative. Again, why would you write a reply like yours injecting yourself into something you are ignorant about? Very wierd. It's an opportunity for you to take a look at yourself and perhaps discover why you would label someone a creep when you have no prior knowledge of them and their existing relationship with someone else. Good question because your perception of this was a little off and indicative of something in you...a fear perhaps of something in your past distorting your present perceptions. I hope you take the time to look inward. Whatever you decide to do I wish you well and peace be with you.

Guest on Dec 31, 2013


Dude, something's wrong with you. You're probably used to it by now, but for the rest of us... I got 2 votes up on my comment about you being creepy. You calling me creepy right back isn't fooling anymore. I feel bad for Chris that someday he has to try to get you to leave him alone. Good luck with that Chris!

Sarah on Jan 3, 2014


Thanks again for you reply, Sarah. People warned me about discussions on the internet and I guess this is what they are talking about. You might take a look and my and Chris' discussions before you make such harsh judgments about me, which I still find rather strange. Sorry to see you residing in such ugliness regarding other. Chris seems to be an intelligent and capable guy and I wouldn't think needs someone to look after him like you seem to be doing for some reason. I realize that this is a waste of my time because this second reply from you indicates you really didn't read my reply to you. I don't think you're creepy. That's grade school playground nonsense. I do wish you would reconsider what is going on inside of you that causes these reactions you're having to my and Chris' interactions. As long as Chris replies to my posts to him I will continue to reply to him. Same goes for you. I should just ignore your strange accusations, but I honor you as a person and will continue to reply to you and give you helpful suggestions in dealing with this problem you seem to be having with me. They are distorted perceptions, Sarah as I am not a creepy person. I am rather an intelligent and loving guy and quite perceptive and with a good sense of humor. Take care and I wish you well. Peace be with you, Sarah.

Guest on Jan 3, 2014


People always say terrorist hide out online to talk to people and turn them over to their ways. Maybe you shouldnt be so obvious next time if you want to get me OR chris, or your weird movie thoughts............

Sarah on Jan 5, 2014


You are a very strange person, Sarah...poor dear. I could care less about what you think, but you seem very frightened and paranoid. Seek some professional help, Sarah. I shall not be responding to your immature and insane perceptions and ramblings any longer. You exist on an extremely dysfunctional and co-dependent level, Sarah and you don't even know Chris or our conversations. You choose to remain ignorant and create these wild fantasies about terrorist and what not. My God, Sarah. This thread is dead and no one reads or posts on it any more. So...I shall bid thee farewell. However, in bidding you farewell I will tell you that finally I agree with you on my having wierd movie thoughts. I suppose they are wierd to someone that lacks the ability to view films with the high intellectual capacity in which I do. I've taught and studied and worked in films for many years and have had many discussions with some of the top directors in our country. They and I had no problems connecting with our views on films. My discussions with you remind me of a college professor of ethics attempting to converse with a 1st grade teacher in grade school. Impossible. lol...Sorry, I don't mean to hurt your feelings, but perhaps our discussions will help you to maybe wake up, or at least grow up. Bye bye my dear. No please...leave me alone!!

Guest on Jan 5, 2014


How about we play GUESS THE OLD GUY. If you look at Chris and his messages, he's a young dude looking to give his opinion about movies, a new exciting thing he's still discovering! Wait wait tho.......the failed filmmaker appears. Bo decides he needs to teach Chris a lesson and embarrass him in front of the internet! A message board terrorist, like we all see. He thinks he's better...he's just old! So out of touch about film vs digital, so out of touch about directors......every director who talks to him pretends he doesnt see it! Oh but we all know, we all see it. This reply will be in your history forever for people to see it This is the end, Bo. It's time for your bedtime, and your vitamins. I hope you don't die before you see your next movie old man! -Sarah

Sarah on Jan 6, 2014


Man oh man your replies really make me laugh, Sarah. You've gotta be one of the stupidest people on the planet. Any why you have chosen me to release all your toxic waste is beyond me. Are you that dumb? Can you not re-read the replies between Chris and I and see what they are instead on injecting you stupid and sick projections onto them? Scroll up and re-read Kenn Stewart's reply to Chris' original post. Why don't you have a bone to pick with Kenn as he was much harsher on Chris. Chris and I had an intelligent and informative exchange of ideas that what?...Did it fly over your head because you are so dumb? And again, it's none of your business. If Chris had a problem he sure didn't stoop to the level of your vile and cruel replies. In fact, he didn't mention he had any anger or problem at all. So what's your problem? You don't even know me. You don't know Chris. What the hell is your deal? We talk about films here, Sarah. You just snort out childish and immature misperceptions that only reveal the ugliness and anger and insecurty inside you. And the biggest tragedy of all this...YOU ARE WRONG! Plain and simple you are incorrect in your perceptions. Anyway, I look forward to another of your incorrect, angry and vile and cruel replies. They have no effect on me other than to reveal to me the sad truth of so many people who in their wrong perceptions inflict their ugliness onto others and onto the world. Any what are your views on these films that were being discussed? All you've done is vomit your ugliness and anger and this is a film forum. Jeez...and if we never discuss this's a bit of help for you...go to a bookstore and get Echart Tolle's A New Earth. If you are ready for it then reading it might change your life from one of bitterness and self-hatred into a spiritual awakening of the truth. My gift to you, Sarah. Read that book.

Guest on Jan 6, 2014


I'm sorry, I didn't mean to upset you. I understand that past a certain point in life people can't change, so criticizing your obsessive stalker behavior is just cruel. You need to be put down, is all. Sent to a home and locked in a room with a nurse to regulate your medicine. Shuck your movie opinions onto her as your voice slowly fades into everlasting silence. She'll forget about you a day after you're gone. The world will have forgotten long before. I lied, Bo. These comments don't last forever. They rot away. Goodbye.

Sarah on Jan 6, 2014


Well, good-bye then Sarah. And thanks for the suggestion. If you know of a home where there's a nurse who will regulate my medicine and also listen to my movie opinions please let me know. Sounds great to me. And in case you read the suggested book that's all there really is, Sarah. Everlasting silence. And as the great sages say, 'the greatest man is nobody'. That is what scares all people, Sarah. The everlasing and blissful silence. That and being nobody. That's why you keep writing to me; to be someone; to be heard by someone. So, I indeed hope allll the world has forgotten me; that thought brings me great peace. Now, will you? Or shall I hear from you again as you just cannot seem to forget good ole Bo.

Guest on Jan 7, 2014


You kid yourself old man. I'm at peace as much as you! I don't need to be heard, because I *am* heard, and people ask to hear me! I'm the one person star of my very own reality show, called MY LIFE. People say they don't need to be heard...because they CAN'T be heard! You think you analyzed me, I think I've analyzed you! Your ready to go into a old folks home and talk to a nurse! I'm on fire living my dream, and someday I'll live even more dreams! I won't read your crappy book because I don't need to. In fact, I don't read MANY books because I don't need to. It's not a real form of entertainment anymore, just like radio. The world has moved on, and soon movies will go too! Uh oh! That probably makes you cry, Bo! That's fine. I like hearing it like I like hearing rain sound like the songs above. If you didn't know that a lyric from my song 🙂 that's right, I write music. I'm living MY dream, what are YOU living?

Sarah on Jan 8, 2014


It's not a mis-perception, it's my opinion. Kingdom of Heaven was good, not MOST of his movies(again, everything I say is clearly my opinion) and it was EIGHT years ago. Prometheus started out great, 75% is thinking 'big' and doing interesting things, then in the last quarter it diverts into a creature feature...and it is fine creature feature work, but it's the wrong payoff for the film the preceded it.

Chris Groves on Dec 31, 2013


Well, once again you are correct. I was jokin' with you regarding misperception...kinda...anyway I agree with you about opinion and I state mine pretty strongly. As do you, actually. I like that. Good, great...I don't know. Both terms tossed around a lot, but I did really like Kingdom of Heaven and just watched it again the other night. You're right, it is 8 yrs. ago and has he lost his touch since? Look, I like his film A Good Year with Crowe and the french actress Collierard? About the winery etc. Nice litttle film. So I'll give his Exodus film a shot for sure. Like I was teasing you a bit, Chris, perhaps Scott began to lose his touch when he started shooting digitally? I do believe that shooting digitally alters much about the filmmaking process, but I'll leave it at that. You didn't say...did you or did you not like The Counselor? And did you or did you not like the Coen's No Country For Old Men? I'm sure you're aware that both are Carmac McCarthy works so I'm interested in your reply.

Guest on Jan 1, 2014


Love No Country For Old Men, one of my favorites of 2007...The Counselor, not so much. But yeah, if we get a trailer for Exodus, and it looks great, I'll be the first one to say so...I'm not "on the bandwagon or off the bandwagon". If a director makes films I don't care for, I say it, and if he makes great films, I say it.

Chris Groves on Jan 1, 2014


Same here regarding directors and their films. I either like them or I don't. No Country was a good film. I think I see why a lot of folks didn't like The Counselor...not sure as I liked it a great deal and thought it quite funny. Still, no doubt about it, it's a very dark film. Not for everyone. Then again, I just can't read Blood Meridian. Have tried and tried and just can't get thru it. So same for Cormac McCarthy. Loved his novel of No Country and read it long before the film...also liked his book The Road, but did not like the film at all. So there you go. I've always been secure in my views and opinions regarding films. I like to almost got crucified because I hated, I mean hated, the Rocky film when it came out. I saw Stallone then for what kind of actor/writer he was. One good friend of mine finally acquiesced that I was always right about I like very few films these days...Lars van Trier's films I like...AntiChrist excellent...oh...liked the look of Melancholia and he shot digitally...thought those night time exterior shots of the big lawn where quite beautiful for to get up the energy to see Wolf of Wall Street but just know I'll hate it. We'll see. Good chatting with you Chris. Take care...let me know somehow if and when you see Wolf of Wall Street what you think. Scorsese shot it

Guest on Jan 2, 2014


You know that some directors dont make movies to please everybody right?! And just because one of your favorite directors does or has does something that you may find different or not to your particular liking, doesnt mean that they still cant produce good movies. Movies arent always made or created to please the vast majority of movie-goers, they are sometimes done because they are passionate about that subject and what they are choosing to do with it despite what most people might think, especially with something as controversial and delicate as this. Oliver Stone is the same way. I'm sure someone of Ridley's stature is not making movies today simply to fill his bank account. The man is already set for life and he has already proved himself more than once to put quality on the big screen. More people need to take the time to listen to commentary from the directors, it gives you great insight and glimpse as to who they are, what they are all about, why certain choices and decisions are made or not made. You will have greater respect for them in the end.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 31, 2013


Scott is far from one of my favorite directors...he wouldn't make a list of my top 20 favorite directors, to be honest, he's never been one of my favorites. I do feel that the work he is doing now isn't as good as some of his past efforts though. I've always found a lot of his work largely over-rated(Blade Runner and Gladiator, for example, good, nothing amazing to me) while he has made some quite good films(Alien and surprisingly, Thelma & Louise). The overall aesthetic that he executes his films with, his overall visual style, disagrees with my sensibilities. His visuals always seem to have the energy sucked out of them. There is a dark and/or monochromatic nature to a lot of it that I don't care for. Prometheus was a remedy in the visual department, but suffered elsewhere. He's gone from making what I consider to be good-to-very-good(but not amazing) movies to movies that just seem to largely miss the mark.

Chris Groves on Dec 31, 2013


If Ridley is not in your top twenty directors why are you slagging off his films by posting here? In my opinion he is the best director on the planet and I have not been disappointed with his recent output at all. Body of Lies was excellent, American Gangster should have been best picture nominated. Prometheus was never going to overcome the hype but should have been longer, still an amazing film. The Counselor is totally McCarthy and I was impressed with him not taking the easy way out by making it palpable for lazy viewers. So just stop posting about someone you clearly do not rate and go praise someone you do like.

Kenn Stewart on Jan 1, 2014


I'm simply giving an honest opinion. I don't hate him. It's not like I'm on here roaring about how much he sucks. He certainly does not. But it isn't black and white. It isn't "he is in your top 20 or you hate him so much you shouldn't be allowed to talk about him." There is nothing wrong with a well-formed opinion, and I feel I gave one. When people bring up counter-opinions or ask me to elaborate on my opinions, then I won't just not respond out of fear of looking like a "hater". I certainly don't think Scott is some hack, I mentioned films he made that I enjoyed a lot, and where other films I've seen of his let me down. I feel like Jonah Hill over here. "I gave an honest, thought out opinion, fuck me right?"

Chris Groves on Jan 1, 2014


I'm not old enough to have nostalgia to the my far past , but when i think about first time that i saw Ten Commandment , just good memories come to my mind. That colourful palette , incredible production , amazing music , awesome acts , mesmerising effects and wonderful directing. Cecil B. DeMille or Ridle Scott ... Charlton Heston or Christian Bale?? This pic doesnt impress me but I think : Noah > Moses

Ehsan Davodi on Dec 30, 2013


"Let my people go! SWEAR TO ME!!"

lewinston on Dec 30, 2013


Agreed, doesn't need long hair!

DavideCoppola on Dec 30, 2013


Hey it's Bruce Wayne! Wow Batman travelling back in time to ancient Egypt? This movie looks promising. Seriously he looks like Christian Bale as himself. I think the long hair would have helped him get more into character.

Charlie Hard on Dec 30, 2013


I think that is the problem. If he looked more like a member of the Egyptian ruling elite and less than Bale. The other photo I have seen from the set is more the traditional Moses (Cape, wild hair and beard), and looks the part.

Steven on Dec 30, 2013


I'm just fucking with you. This looks idiotic. Anyone that would cast a fool from a Nolan movie should never find work again.

Charlie Hard on Dec 30, 2013


I know how you feel about Nolan so i hate to have to be the one to tell you this but they're using Chris Nolan in the place of the burning bush to talk to Moses

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 31, 2013


Ha! Who would have thought that the kid from newsies would end up playing batman, Jesus of Nazareth and Moses.

johnjohnphenom on Dec 30, 2013


Here we go with the biblical epics again.

cobrazombie on Dec 30, 2013


Can't wait to see another movie showing how the bible contradicts itself....

Thomas on Dec 31, 2013


Alls i have to say is ...................well its Ridley Scott. I'll end up watching it sooner or later.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 31, 2013

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