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?
So I guess as far as Hollywood is concerned, Egypt is far enough north that the people don't look African or even middle eastern. Just cast any old white dude in the roles. Ugh.
Racism on Aug 13, 2013
Happens all the time, been doing it with Jesus for a wee while now.
Carpola on Aug 14, 2013
I was thinking the same thing. Yet, no one is up in arms like they were when they make Perry White, black. Funny how that works.
Disquiet on Aug 26, 2013
Another action/adventure/fantasy epic! When's that Noah's ark movie coming?
The Truth on Aug 13, 2013
The "pitched as a 300 style reimagining" is really off putting . Why must we watch history (or the supposed history since The Bible is mostly fairy tales or "reimagining" of some historical events ) in this cartoonish type of movie making? I thought this fad was done like five years ago. It works for 300 since it's a comic book but the rest of them pretty much suck. Enough with the godawfull slow-mo-speed-up BS with over the top CGI "gore" and the rest of childish machismo posing douchebaggery.Make real movies. This is just my opinion but I am sure quite a few people share it or have a similar view point.
a complaint on Aug 13, 2013
pretty sure that 300 nonsense has been wrote off with Scott & Zaillian on board.
jim on Aug 13, 2013
the story sound interesting, with the right make up they will do.
Quynh Truong on Aug 13, 2013
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