New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Images Feature Christian Bale Getting Old Testament as Moses

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20th Century Fox has unveiled some new Exodus: Gods and Kings images ahead of the film’s trailer debut, which will come with next week’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Directed by Ridley Scott, the epic retells the Moses story, with Christian Bale taking on the lead role and Joel Edgerton playing the Pharaoh Ramses.  From these debut images, its clear that Bale’s Moses won’t be pulling any punches.  With Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and John Turturro also a part of the cast, the film certainly has a solid supporting lineup, and the last time Ridley Scott took on a period epic, the result was the excellent Kingdom of Heaven (well, the Director’s Cut at least).  I’ll admit the image of Weaver as Ramses’ mother is, uh, striking, but the prospect of the actress reteaming with her Alien and 1492 director is nonetheless exciting.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Exodus: Gods and Kings images, and look for the first trailer here on Collider soon.  The film opens in theaters on December 5th, just in time for the awards/holiday season.

Speaking with EW, Bale had this to say about his take on the Moses character:

“He’s one of the most fascinating characters that I’ve ever studied. I think Achilles is described as the most passionate man alive but I think Moses would give him a very good run for his money.”

Surprisingly, Scott managed to shoot the entire pic in just 74 days, which is almost a miracle in and of itself given the scope of the epic.  Though Scott has been a bit hit and miss as of late, I’m definitely eager to see his take on this familiar story told on a massive canvas.  Here’s hoping the finished product delivers.

Images via Fox.




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  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Looks interesting and with the trademark epic look Ridley Scott’s films have.

  • Cade

    Man looks like Gladiator 2 which aint a bad thing at all

  • Kev

    Love Bale’s involvement. But since it’s Ridley Scott, I’m assuming that it’s going to be extremely formulaic.

    • computerbenefit

      I am trusting the writer. Ridley Scott needs a GOOD script, and he’ll give you a pretty damn good movie. The writer who basically did an entire re-write of this film is Steven Zillian, who to give you an idea did movies like Schindler’s List, Gangs of NewYork, American Gangster, Girl With the Dragon Tatto, Moneyball, etc. And Christian Bale at this point of his career is ridiculously picky about what he chooses to do, so let’s give the film the benefit of the doubt.

    • computerbenefit

      I am trusting the writer. Ridley Scott needs a GOOD script, and he’ll give you a pretty damn good movie. The writer who basically did an entire re-write of this film is Steven Zillian, who to give you an idea did movies like Schindler’s List, Gangs of NewYork, American Gangster, Girl With the Dragon Tatto, Moneyball, etc. And Christian Bale at this point of his career is ridiculously picky about what he chooses to do, so let’s give the film the benefit of the doubt.

      • Bloost

        Yeah, the last time Ridley Scott worked with a writer I trusted, I got Counselor. And aside from American Hustle, Christian Bale’s last film was Out Of The Furnace, a bad film. I don’t know what to expect out of this.

      • fernanda

        Cormac McCarthy is not a writer of films and yes, of books, I think it’s a bit different to write a book and write a screenplay.

      • spongefist

        The Counselor was by far the best film of the year. Incredible in every way. Cinematography, Script, Acting, Message, Philosophy.

        It was like Guy Richie’s Rocknrolla – just too wise, too brilliant and too good for the mindless masses to get there head around.

      • bidi

        Out of the Furnace was dope. very dark and depressing, but i think it was one of the better movies of last year. not so sure how it got such mediocre reviews.

      • The Flobbit

        The Counsellor was a mess because Cormac McCarthy, for all of his dark, difficult brilliance, has not one whit of notion of how real people talk. He wrote a book, not a screenplay.

      • DoremusJessup

        I get it, I get it. But seriously, when was the last time Ridley Scott made a good movie? 2000? American Gangster was so-so.

      • computerbenefit

        The problem is, there is a vast difference of opinion here. I personally thought Black Hawk Down was a masterpiece of the war movie genre. Matchstick men is criminally underrated. The director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven is fantastic. American Gangster was really, really good and the confidence that that movie has in itself is very comparable to the Godfather, and Body of Lies was an enjoyable thriller (nothing great), and Robin Hood mostly gets pummeled because going in, it wasn’t what people expected it to be (and that’s the very reason I like it; a different take on Robin Hood), the other ones that I’ve left out (Prometheus, the farm one with Russell Crowe, etc) those I personally do not like. So, again, let’s give this movie the benefit of the doubt.

      • DoremusJessup

        I get it, I get it. But seriously, when was the last time Ridley Scott made a good movie? 2000? American Gangster was so-so.

      • DoremusJessup

        I get it, I get it. But seriously, when was the last time Ridley Scott made a good movie? 2000? American Gangster was so-so.

  • Person

    Really hope there isn’t an over-reliance on CGI, and that they shoot on film (but knowing Ridley, they probably haven’t). Pics make it look like an old-school, 1950s/60s-era period epic, which would be great to see on the big screen.

    • Bloost

      Nope, they’re shooting with the Red Epic Dragon. Scott has stated that he is done with film, unfortunately.

      • Person

        Yeah I had a feeling. That’s a shame, hopefully my other wishes get granted.

  • wendigo

    At first I didn’t even recognize Aaron Paul.

    • The Flobbit

      Funny, because he looks like a meth head who lost his razor…

  • DEADP00L

    Look there are FOUR black guys in one of the shots… THAT’S TOO MANY!! What’s is this Africa?!

    • randommale7

      Yes, it is Africa…

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  • Calebxy

    Moses should be completely clean-shaven before he runs away.

  • Josh King

    Agreed on the hit and miss part, mostly misses of late Prometheus was epic in its stupidity. God that movie was awful! Aargh! Love gladiator, bale and edgarton though. I pray to the gods this is good!

  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    More old fashion hollywood whitewashing

    • Just some guy

      I usually hate everything you say, but I was actually thinking the same thing. As a white American, I thought, “hmm pharoahs and their moms are usually Egyptian..”

  • BizarroBaig

    Not to sound racist but its so typical of Hollywood to cast white people in clearly middle eastern roles. it loses a bit of authenticity then. whatever the case im sure it will be great.

    • computerbenefit

      I do understand your point, and from an entirely idealistic point of view, I agree with you. But let’s talk business and hollywood. Give me one middle eastern actor who has the clout or popularity of someone like Christian Bale to get a movie like this greenlit. At this point, it seems like it’s pure business which in and of itself is unfortunate.

    • DEADP00L

      Middle easterners were not Arabs nor Egyptians back then, they had their own empires; hitties, Phoenicians, Babylonians etc. Egypt was AFRICAN until the Romans and Greeks came and procreated into the pharonic linage and turning Egypt into a culture boiling pot with the middle eastern peoples. Moses himself could have well been a black baby from Ethiopia when his parents were escaping persecution only to be adopted by the royal family. But the whole divine mythos behind him is pretty much dispelled by now. Ramsi is on display today at the Cairo museum – beside his eldest son who is a full grown adult, had children and lived to middle age.

      • randommale7

        Considering that Moses was Jewish he could not be from Ethiopia

      • DEADP00L

        …You did not just say that dude…

      • them0use

        If what you’re saying is that we could have Will Smith playing Moses, then all I can say is heeeeeell yes.

      • DEADP00L

        Personally, I would want Idris Elba or Djimon Hounsou playing Moses.

      • them0use

        At first I thought Elba too, but then I figured he’d be better as God. ;)

      • DEADP00L

        Now that you put it like that – hell yes.

    • MJ

      In ancient times, there was no such thing as Middle Eastern in appearance, which I think you mean to be like Arabs today.

      Most likely, ancient Egyptians were brown-skinned, but historians continuially debate this, with some saying European light skinned and others saying more central African dark skinned.

      Given historians aren’t sure, just enjoy the movie.

  • YodaRocks

    Didn’t know Moses was a warrior before turning saint/messiah. Quite similar to Buddha’s story.

    • Merlin235

      I wouldn’t take this movie as truth. They take serious artistic license with just about everything they do.

      • André Camilo

        Like Noah. I’m christian myself and haven’t watched the movie. These so-called “epics” don’t do it for me. But most of my friends that watched said that Noah was a reinterpretation of the Biblical book. And I honest think Scott is going through the same route here.

      • osarumen erhunmwunsee

        am glad you are a christian. Noah movie to me was un biblical fallen angels never helped him build he ark. GOD told noah to build the ark by himself and he did. the movie was so twisted. when i watched the movie i was like what the heck is this? this aint my noah from the bible.

      • osarumen erhunmwunsee

        am glad you are a christian. Noah movie to me was un biblical fallen angels never helped him build he ark. GOD told noah to build the ark by himself and he did. the movie was so twisted. when i watched the movie i was like what the heck is this? this aint my noah from the bible.

      • randommale7

        I’m a Christian and didn’t mind the changes in Noah, the fallen angels story arcs further emphasised the theme of redemption which is what the whole film was about.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        If you are able ignore them essentially being prehistoric Transformers.

      • randommale7

        they were more like Ents to me haha

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        An apt comparison.

    • Merlin235

      I wouldn’t take this movie as truth. They take serious artistic license with just about everything they do.

  • YodaRocks

    Didn’t know Moses was a warrior before turning saint/messiah. Quite similar to Buddha’s story.

  • Let The Wookie Win

    YEAH, BURNING BUSH, BITCH!!

  • Let The Wookie Win

    YEAH, BURNING BUSH, BITCH!!

  • CJ

    KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: DIRECTOR’S CUT may not be Scott’s best movie, but it’s definitely the one I’ve watched the most.

    If there is such a thing as an imperfect masterpiece then that movie is one of them.

  • CJ

    KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: DIRECTOR’S CUT may not be Scott’s best movie, but it’s definitely the one I’ve watched the most.

    If there is such a thing as an imperfect masterpiece then that movie is one of them.

    • Merlin235

      When did this movie get so much acclaim? I remember trying to watch it a couple times, and turning it off. I didn’t realize people over time got so attached to it.

      • Cpt Rex Kramer

        Give it another shot, Merlin. KOH: DC is, in my humble opinion, one of the best films of the last 10 years. A much varied film from the theatrical release.

      • Person

        The DC is an improvement over the Theatrical, but I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece. Technically and aesthetically impressive (it’s Scott after all) but the characters are cold, the movie is overlong, and the story is fairly aimless. It’s worth a watch but it’s not a classic. I have a feeling it may be more enjoyable to those familiar with the history behind it, but I’m not.

      • MJ

        No, IT’S A FUCKING MASTERPIECE. I watch it once a year.

    • randommale7

      I absolutely love the director’s cut, I’d say near master piece, the theatrical cut was just a disjointed epic while the DC is a meditation on the difference between religion and faith and the fact that a giant movie got made about that sets it apart from most sandal and sword epics.

    • MJ

      The Directors Cut of Kingdom of Heaven is one of my favorite movies.

      This movie alone validates the concept of a longer Director’s Cut — it’s like a completely different movie from the 40-minute shorter weak-ass Theatrical Cut.

  • Merlin235

    I’m going to reserve judgement on this one. Everyone has a different opinion about what history really looked like, but I for one appreciate a faithful interpretation of the Biblical narrative. I don’t want to get caught up in the excitement like I did with Noah, just to find a pretty bizarre take on the story.

    • TroyElectroid

      Noah was just gnoticism mixed with the Kabala; from the luminous, pre sin Adam and Eve, to the snake skin family relic. The Watchers were good guys, and YHWY was reduced to practically nothing.

      • Josh King

        Wow what um…what?

  • Merlin235

    I’m going to reserve judgement on this one. Everyone has a different opinion about what history really looked like, but I for one appreciate a faithful interpretation of the Biblical narrative. I don’t want to get caught up in the excitement like I did with Noah, just to find a pretty bizarre take on the story.

  • milo

    I’m waiting for the inevitable backlash from religious folk about having the plural “gods” in the title. I assume the studio wants to bring in the religious audience if they can, this being a movie based on the bible and all, and I’m kind of surprised they didn’t put the kibosh on that title after running it by a focus group.

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      I think most Christians are too apathetic to care anymore. If Paramount can get away with Noah, Fox can get away with “Gods.”

  • Strong Enough

    The White Moses Rises

    • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

      WHERE IS THE BURNING BUSH? WHERE IS IT?

      • Strong Enough

        lmao

  • bidi

    not sure how all this Noah hate got in here. i really liked it. it was well-documented beforehand that it was not a straight adaptation of the Bible, but a sort of graphic novel reimagining. i’m sure Exodus will be very similar. of course there’s the typical hollywood white washing but i’m fine with that. we’ve seen it for decades so it’s not a problem for me. the thing that worries me most is the supporting cast. i just don’t feel Sigourney Weaver or Aaron Paul for this movie. hopefully they knock it out of the park though

  • MITIOR

    It will definitely be a beautiful film.

  • agent777

    Moses is a bootleg version of Sargon.

  • Mezmero

    Ridley Scott knows how to start shit and I think he should never stop.

  • The Flobbit

    This looks rich and lush, and visually stunning. Ridley’s got a stunning cast (never doesn’t), and a great story (Moses was a badass dude, and the Exodus story is always compelling), and a great screenwriter. I think this could be a return to form, a la Gladiator.

    I have never lost faith in Ridley, and I never will.

    • MJ

      Agreed !

      If it’s as good as the Director’s Cut of Kingdom of Heaven, then I can’t wait.

      • The Flobbit

        Kingdom of Heaven was epic, beautiful, and underrated. Glad someone else enjoys the DC.

  • MichaelRWorthingon

    I’ll never go see another Ridley Scott film after sitting through (most of) Prometheus.

    • MJ

      I’ll never read another one of your posts after wasting 10 seconds of my time on this one.

    • The Flobbit

      I’m going to look at your comment, laugh at it, have a hearty chuckle, and then forget you ever existed. Commencing now…

  • Gonsmithe

    You do realize epic is a real word with a real definition, right? Lawrence of Arabia is an EPIC. This looks like it has an EPIC feel.

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Epic is a word usually applied to things that are epic and, sadly, not so epic. I don’t think I’ll stop saying epic when describing this movie because, well, it’s epic.

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