Thursday, 11 September 2014

Three new stills from Exodus: Gods And Kings arrive online

20th Century Fox have recently released their latest set of stills from Ridley Scott's (Prometheus) none-more-epic Exodus: Gods And Kings.

Filmed last year in a way that seemed almost under the radar, Exodus: Gods And Kings looks to be a biblical epic on a scale not seen since Cecil B. De Mille's The Ten Commandments (1956).

Even for Scott, a man for whom confidence has never been an issue, Exodus: Gods And Kings sees him at something of a peak.

A spiritual sister to just one of his classics, Gladiator (2000), this is swords and sandals on a truly enormous scale. And, like Gladiator, at its beating heart lies an intimate struggle between two men: Joel Edgerton's (Warrior) Ramses and Christian Bale's (The Dark Knight Rises) Moses.

Moses was rescued as a baby, tradition has it, discovered in bulrushes along the banks of the River Nile, abandoned by a desperate mother when the then-Pharaoh ordered the murder of male newborns among his Hebrew slaves. Found by the Pharaoh's daughter, he was raised with the royals, alongside the future Rhamses II (Joel Edgerton). But a burning bush speaking with the voice of his people's god convinced Moses to free 600,000 Israelite slaves and lead them through the desert to escape the ten deadly plagues infesting Egypt.

Arron Paul (Breaking Bad) spoke to Empire Magazine recently about his role as Hebrew slave Joshua who goes on to lead the people onto the promised land after Moses. "Moses is an Egyptian general, and Joshua tends to stay away from those types of people. It's not appropriate to approach them or talk to them or even make eye contact. But then Nun [Joshua's father, played by Sir Ben Kingsley] persuades Joshua to give Moses a note saying Nun would like to speak to him. Later we find out that Moses is a very special human being. Moses is the one who can bring us to salvation. It's a wild, messy ride."

Sir Ben Kingsley (Hugo) also told the magazine that Nun "becomes one of the leaders of the Exodus. He is the leader of his own community, he's the father of Joshua. The central issue is slavery and the bringing of a very disparate group of people together to break out of that bondage. I'm sorry to say, it is still a very modern story."

Exodus: Gods And Kings will hit UK cinemas on 26 December.

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