The trailer is out for the second big-budget Biblical epic of the year, this time focusing on Moses rather than Noah. Christian Bale plays Moses in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The film tells Moses’ story from Exodus, the second book in the Bible, which is traditionally attributed to Moses. In Exodus, Moses leads the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and into Israel, which God gives to them as the Promised Land. The trailer for Exodus promises to tell Moses’ story in all its sweeping glory, complete with the plagues God send upon Egypt, Moses’ battle with the Egyptian pharaoh Rhamses II, and the parting of the Red Sea.
“Let’s just see who’s more effective at killing,” Rhamses tells Moses; the trailer posits their rivalry as the main conflict of the film.
Aside from Bale in the starring role, the film boasts a supporting cast that includes John Turturro, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses. Scott is most famous for his landmark period drama Gladiator. While adapting Exodus is a highly ambitious project, Scott is in his element with this type of material, and from what’s shown in the trailer, the film’s look promises the scope for such an endeavor.
In fact, Scott is so confident about his grasp on adapting Biblical material that he’s working on a new project about David and Goliath, Variety reports. The publication’s sources said that film will focus on David’s reign as king of Israel after his battle with the giant and is going by the working title David.
Variety also said that since Scott has a few projects scheduled for after Exodus, including The Martian starring Matt Damon and the next Prometheus film, Fox will probably wait until he’s available to direct before getting the ball rolling on David.
Earlier this year, Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah topped the box office and made $101.2 million domestically during its run in theaters, per Box Office Mojo. In that film, Russell Crowe played Noah as he tried to get the world ready for the great flood.
While films like Noah and Exodus are more Biblical epics than Christian faith-based films, appealing to a Christian audience has also shown to be a successful way to make a dollar at the box office this year. Recent films based on Christian themes — including Son of God and God’s Not Dead – have performed well at the box office. Son of God made $25.6 million in its opening weekend in February; God’s Not Dead surprised in March, when it took in $9.2 million at the small number of theaters in which it opened.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is set to hit theaters on December 12.
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