Exodus: Gods and Kings, the upcoming biblical epic, is directed by Ridley Scott. Ridley Scott. The man who brought us The Counselor last year, which was a total stinker and saw Cameron Diaz hump a car. In short, it won’t take much for Exodus to top The Counselor.
One thing Scott always has going for him though is a great cast. I mean, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Penélope Cruz? How did that movie fail!? Exodus’ cast is stellar as well. Christian Bale, who plays Moses, and Joel Edgerton, who plays Rhamses, are the leads. The trailer plays off of their relationship and pits one against the other in what should be an epic clash. Quick thought though: is it just me or does Joel Edgerton look a little out of place? Maybe it’s the eye shadow, or the bald head, or both.
The other big name from the cast who we see in the trailer is Sigourney Weaver. Weaver will always be known as Ripley from Alien, which was Scott’s first big hit, and possibly his best movie still to this day (although I give Blade Runner the slight edge in that race). In this, she plays Tuya, who is the mother of Rhamses. A good-looking mom, if I do say so myself. No Ripley, who was every nerd’s wet dream 35 years ago – or 30 years ago, or even 15 years ago – but still not bad for someone who is 64 years old.
Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, and John Turturro are not seen in the trailer, but I assure you, they’re in it. We do hear Turturro’s voicing of Seti, Rhamses’ father. And it’s nice to see Aaron Paul getting high-profile work after his stellar performances on Breaking Bad for years. Now it’s time for him to transition from small screen success to the big screen and a giant epic directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale is pretty big.
Moses leads the Israilites out of Egypt in Exodus: Gods and Kings on December 12, 2014.