Judging by the trailer it is unlikely that the screenplay, by Steven Zaillian (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gangs of New York), will stick strictly to the Old Testament story - vast battles between charioteers tell a bloodier tale than the one taught in Sunday schools. But action is what Scott does best and with action-veteran Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty) as Rameses, this is a cast that packs a hell of a punch. Sigourney Weaver (an old favourite of Scott’s who played the lead in his iconic 1979 Alien) plays Egyptian Queen Tuya, with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul as Joshua.
Scott has come into some criticism for his casting of white Hollywood actors to play the film’s Egyptians, with black actors allegedly restricted to the roles of servants, slaves and lower class members of society. It’s an accusation which Scott entirely rejects, claiming ‘There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people…we cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture’. Controversy aside, if the trailer is anything to go by Exodus: Gods and Kings is sure to be a not-to-miss Christmas blockbuster.
|What||Exodus: Gods and Kings|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
On 26 Dec 14, 12:00 AM