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

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December 30, 2013
Source: Empire

Exodus

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

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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Reader Feedback - 35 Comments

1

I thought Moses looked like a giant spinning dradle

TheOct8pus on Dec 30, 2013

2

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

Thexn on Dec 30, 2013

3

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

Carpola on Dec 30, 2013

4

Precise Mention

Ehsan Davodi on Dec 31, 2013

5

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

6

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

Steven on Dec 30, 2013

7

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

8

Moses has nice styled hair

Brandon V. Fletcher on Dec 30, 2013

9

Isnt Joel edgerton too cute to be playing Ramses?

Akhan on Dec 30, 2013

10

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

Chris Groves on Dec 30, 2013

11

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

12

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

13

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

14

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

15

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

16

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

17

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

18

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

19

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

20

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

21

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

22

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

23

It's not a mis-perception, it's my opinion. Kingdom of Heaven was good, not great...like 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

24

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

25

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

26

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

lewinston on Dec 30, 2013

27

Agreed, doesn't need long hair!

DavideCoppola on Dec 30, 2013

28

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

29

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

30

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

31

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

32

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

33

Here we go with the biblical epics again.

cobrazombie on Dec 30, 2013

34

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

Thomas on Dec 31, 2013

35

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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