Joel Edgerton in Talks to Join Christian Bale in Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic EXODUS

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Director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus is coming together quite nicely.  While Scott has been developing the pic for some time, the project picked up steam earlier this year when Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) turned in a rewrite of the Adam Cooper and Bill Collage script.  Christian Bale was being courted to play Moses in the film, and now it appears that Bale has indeed signed on to play the Biblical character as THR reports that The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton is in talks to play the Egyptian ruler Ramses.  Hit the jump for more.

christian-bale-exodusThe folks over at THR report that Edgerton has entered talks to join Scott’s film, which is on track to start production this September in Spain, Morocco, and England in anticipation of the film’s recently-announced December 12, 2014 release date.  The Wrap adds that Javier Bardem was offered the Ramses role but subsequently passed.  Exodus is just the kind of big-budget, period epic that Scott has done so well in the past with Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven (the Director’s Cut, that is), and so it’s with great anticipation that the film is finally moving forward.  Scott is also producing the pic alongside Zaillian and Peter Chernin for 20th Century Fox, and this will be his follow-up to the Cormac McCarthy-scripted drama The Counselor, which opens later this year.

It would appear that Bale has settled on Exodus as his next project, marking the first large-scale film for the actor since hanging up the cowl following last year’s The Dark Knight Rises.  In the meantime Bale shot two films for Terrence Malick, director David O. Russell’s 1980s-set American Hustle, and the character-centric drama Out of the Furnace.  Both Hustle and Furnace open in theaters later this year.  As for Edgerton, he was last seen onscreen in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and last year’s drama Zero Dark Thirty, and he recently wrapped the production-troubled Western Jane Got a Gun.  He’s also poised to star in Mud director Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi film Midnight Special.

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  • Smash-It Sid

    Edgerton is a fine actor, but Hollywood really needs to let go of the notion that it exclusively needs white actors to play roles where the character’s race DOES matter. This isn’t the 1950s.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      But the movies gonna be expensive … They need to cast bankable actor to make some profit
      Anyway nothing’s gonna top the original 10 commandments starring Charlton Heston, one of my favorite movie

      • Smash-It Sid

        There a are plenty of bankable black actors out there.

      • Bill

        What’s your point? Ramses wasn’t black either.

      • Ken

        How do you know?

    • Olaus

      Well, they did offer the role first to Javier Bardem and Oscar Isaac but they didn’t accept.

      • Smash-It Sid

        That doesn’t change the fact that they ARE casting a white actor as an Egyptian Pharaoh

      • waaaaaa

        Right, but Javier Bardem is as Spanish as it gets and they would have cast him if he would have accepted the role. Stop whining about race, you’re right this isn’t the 1950′s so get over it already.

      • Yum

        I just find it funny how it’s so natural for white actors to play non white characters but when a minority is given or even talked about playing a character who earlier is portrayed as a white person people go nuts.

        Should of seen people when or even now look at people talking about the 2014 remake of Annie.

  • Smash-It Sid

    Edgerton is a fine actor, but Hollywood really needs to let go of the notion that it exclusively needs white actors to play roles where the character’s race DOES matter. This isn’t the 1950s.

  • Calderon

    Because having an Egyptian actor playing an Egyptian is so unfeasible and lacks verisimilitude.

  • Eli

    Edgerton would make a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. He showed what a badass he could be in Warrior and the smooth businessman in The Great Gatsby. He’s 39, has the right look, at has a distinct feel about him that would work well opposite Cavill’s Superman.

  • Eli

    Edgerton would make a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. He showed what a badass he could be in Warrior and the smooth businessman in The Great Gatsby. He’s 39, has the right look, at has a distinct feel about him that would work well opposite Cavill’s Superman.

  • MountRussmore

    I love the attention span of you people. We couldn’t get more than 6 comments in without someone changing the topic to comic book movies. So much for the biblical epic, lol…..

  • jack

    Next up: Genghis Khan starring Daniel Day-Lewis

    • what

      Daniel Day-Lewis could play Oprah and pull it off. So. Don’t see a negative there. Because at the end of the day, that’s what matters: being able to pull of a role really well.

  • MITIOR

    I don’t care about the actor’s race as long as they’re great actors. I’m definitely looking forward to this. The last time I saw Egypt so grandiously recreated was in The prince of Egypt and that was hand drawn animation; can’t wait to see this in the hands of Scott. Hopefully this will be a hit instead of a miss in the director’s filmography. Please Scott find a great screenwriter

    • Lizz

      Steven Zaillian who rewrote the script for Exodus is a great writer IMO. And apparently after he turned in his draft of the story the film became a big priority for Fox which certainly creates confidence for the flick.

  • Mike

    Not to say that Ramses was necessarily white, but he did apparently have red hair: It is believed that Ramesses II was essentially crippled with
    arthritis and walked with a hunched back for the last decades of his
    life.[62] A recent study excluded ankylosing spondylitis as a possible cause of the pharaoh’s arthritis.[63] A significant hole in the pharaoh’s mandible
    was detected. Researchers observed “an abscess by his teeth (which) was
    serious enough to have caused death by infection, although this cannot
    be determined with certainty”. Gaston Maspero,
    who unwrapped the mummy of Rameses II writes, “on the temples there are
    a few sparse hairs, but at the poll the hair is quite thick, forming
    smooth, straight locks about five centimeters in length. White at the
    time of death, and possibly auburn during life, they have been dyed a
    light red by the spices (henna) used in the embalm-ment…the moustache
    and beard are thin…The hairs are white, like those of the head and
    eyebrows…the skin is of earthy brown, splotched with black…the face
    of the mummy gives a fair idea of the face of the living king.”[64][65]
    Microscopic inspection of the roots of Ramesses II’s hair proved that
    the king’s hair was originally red, which suggests that he came from a
    family of redheads.[66]
    This has more than just cosmetic significance: in ancient Egypt people
    with red hair were associated with the god Seth, the slayer of Osiris,
    and the name of Ramesses II’s father, Seti I, means “follower of Seth.”[67]

  • Andy

    Man, Edgerton looks eerily like Adolf Hitler in that pic.

  • Andy

    Man, Edgerton looks eerily like Adolf Hitler in that pic.

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