Christian Bale tackles the part that Charlton Heston owned in The Ten Commandments. He looks quite good in the role, as well – maybe as very good as Heston.
Exodus had a relatively tight production schedule (74 days) for a modern day-day sweeping historical epic, particularly 1 that wasn’t just shot in controlled sound stage environments (part of filming took location in genuine-planet locations in Spain). Then again, Scott – who turns 77 later this year – has kept on operating at an extraordinary pace in the 21st century, with Exodus due to be the eighth film that he’s released more than the past decade alone.
In numerous ways, the story for Exodus, as scripted by Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Scott’s collaborator on Hannibal and American Gangster), like Gladiator, boils down to a easy, brother vs. brother story – pitting Christian Bale’s Moses against his adopted sibling Rhamses (Joel Edgerton) – albeit, set against the backdrop of a larger narrative that bargains watch exodus gods and kings online with warfare, plagues, and literal acts of God. We got a tantalizing sneak peek at that in the Gods and Kings trailer (which includes, what appears to be the Parting of the Red Sea sequence – see above), but Scott is promising that there’s plenty more exactly where that came from.
Lastly, although Scott feels that the Gods and Kings subtitle is proper given the content material of the film, he’s also admitted that the only cause it was tacked onto Exodus was since of a rights issue – as opposed to, it getting a far more strictly creativity-motivated choice.
Rounding out the cast of Exodus: Gods and Kings are such acting folk as Aaron Paul (Breaking Poor), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), John Tuturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), and Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines).