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Joel Edgerton in talks to join Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus with Christian Bale

08.13.2013

Director Ridley Scott has been tapdancing around a number of projects since completing last year's PROMETHEUS, one of them being the Biblical epic, EXODUS, which covers the story of Moses and his brother, Ramses. According to THR, Christian Bale is onboard to portray Moses, while ZERO DARK THIRTY and THE GREAT GATSBY actor Joel Edgerton is being sought for Egyptian ruler Ramses, which is essentially the villain role.

The film is said to be moving forward with a September start date, filming in Spain, Morocco, and England. If this is indeed Scott's next picture, then I think it's safe to say that we have our next "competing projects" scenario on our hands, as director Darren Aronofsky is currently in post-production on his Biblical epic, NOAH. Although the two films are about very different people from The Bible, the genre has been relatively quiet at the box office, minus the massively successful PASSION OF THE CHRIST from Mel Gibson. I'm game for both films, myself, as both Scott and Aronofsky are exceptional filmmakers who are well-known for assembling a tremendous cast to bring their visions to life.

Darren Aronofsky's NOAH is set to debut on March 28, 2014, while Scott's EXODUS is currently on the books for December 12, 2014. Scott's next film, THE COUNSELOR, hits theaters on October 25, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Is the world ready for some big-budget Biblical epics? It's been a while...

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