Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Exodus: Gods and Kings
Exodus2014Poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byRidley Scott
Produced byPeter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Ridley Scott
Jenno Topping
Written bySteven Zaillian
Jeffrey Caine
Adam Cooper
Bill Collage
StarringChristian Bale
Joel Edgerton
John Turturro
Aaron Paul
Ben Mendelsohn
Sigourney Weaver
Ben Kingsley
Music byAlberto Iglesias
Rudi Dobson
James Newton Howard
CinematographyDariusz Wolski
Edited byBilly Rich
Production
company
Chernin Entertainment
Scott Free Productions
Babieka
Volcano Films
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) (United States)
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
Spain
LanguageEnglish
 
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Exodus: Gods and Kings
Exodus2014Poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byRidley Scott
Produced byPeter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Ridley Scott
Jenno Topping
Written bySteven Zaillian
Jeffrey Caine
Adam Cooper
Bill Collage
StarringChristian Bale
Joel Edgerton
John Turturro
Aaron Paul
Ben Mendelsohn
Sigourney Weaver
Ben Kingsley
Music byAlberto Iglesias
Rudi Dobson
James Newton Howard
CinematographyDariusz Wolski
Edited byBilly Rich
Production
company
Chernin Entertainment
Scott Free Productions
Babieka
Volcano Films
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) (United States)
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
Spain
LanguageEnglish

Exodus: Gods and Kings is an upcoming biblical epic film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, Steven Zaillian and Jeffrey Caine. The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley. It is an interpretation of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt as led by Moses and related in the Old Testament Book of Exodus.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On March 15, 2013, Deadline.com reported Ridley Scott wanted Christian Bale to star in the film;[1] in August he confirmed the role to be Moses himself.[2] On the same day, Joel Edgerton joined the cast to play Ramses and production was set to begin in September.[3] The studio announced the casting calls in Spain's Almería and Pechina for 3,000 to 4,000 extras and with another 1,000 to 2,000 extras on the island of Fuerteventura.[4] On August 27, Aaron Paul joined the film to play Joshua.[5] Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and John Turturro were still in talks about joining the cast.[6] On March 27, 2014, the studio changed the title of the film to Exodus: Gods and Kings.[7]

Filming[edit]

Exodus set in Pechina, Andalusia, Spain

Shooting of the film began in October 2013 in Almería.[8] Additional filming was scheduled at Pinewood Studios, England. Shooting begun on October 22 in Tabernas (Almería) as the first and main location, and in Sierra Alhamilla (Almería).[9][10] In Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Ridley Scott shot additional footage in Pájara and Antigua.[citation needed]

Post-production[edit]

On July 8, 2014, it was announced that Alberto Iglesias would be scoring the music for the film.[11]

Release[edit]

20th Century Fox will release the film on December 12, 2014.[12]

Race in casting[edit]

The Sydney Morning Herald and Christian Today reported that the casting of white actors in non-white roles were being protested.[13][14] Four white actors were cast to play the lead roles: Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses II, Sigourney Weaver as Queen Tuya, and Aaron Paul as Joshua. Tariq Nasheed, who has made productions about race, protested the casting, "The storyline takes place in ancient Africa, but all the African Kings and Gods are portrayed by white actors and all the slaves, thieves and 'lower class' Egyptians are played by Black actors." Sydney Morning Herald also reported the online community's observations that the Great Sphinx of Giza in the film has a European profile.[13] Christian Today reported that an online petition was underway. It also compared Exodus to the 1956 film The Ten Commandments with its all-white cast and said, "The racial climate, number of black actors, and opportunities provided to them were very different in 1956, however."[14] Using a Twitter hashtag, some of the site's users called for a boycott of the film.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christian Bale Eyeing Moses?". deadline.com. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "‘EXODUS’ Confirms Christian Bale as Moses, Casting Joel Edgerton as Ramses". screencrush.com. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Joel Edgerton to Battle Christian Bale in ‘Exodus’". variety.com. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "‘Moses’ Calls For Extras In Spain; Masses Flock". deadline.com. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul Joins Christian Bale in Moses Biblical Drama ‘Exodus’". variety.com. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ridley Scott In ‘Exodus’ Talks With Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul". deadline.com. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (27 March 2014). "Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' with Christian Bale gets a title change". hitfix.com. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (July 1, 2014). "First look: Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'". ew.com. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "'Exodus': Filmmaker Ridley Scott begins filming in Almeria, Spain". digitaljournal.com. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Christian Bale looks ready for battle as filming on Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus gets underway in Spain". dailymail.co.uk. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Alberto Iglesias to Score Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’". filmmusicreporter.com. July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (30 December 2013). "First Look: Christian Bale as Moses in Fox’s ‘Exodus’". variety.com. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Begley, Patrick (July 29, 2014). "Ridley Scott's Exodus film cops complaints about 'racist' casting of Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Marie, Brownie (July 21, 2014). "'Exodus: Gods and Kings' faces boycott calls over all-white lead cast". Christian Today. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ Dickerson, Jessica (July 8, 2014). "‘Exodus: Gods And Kings' Film Sparks Backlash For Whitewashing Characters". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Diaz, Evelyn (August 8, 2014). "Ridley Scott's Exodus Accused of Racism - Biblical epic features only white heroes, Black slaves and villains.". Black Entertainment Television. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 

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