We’ve written a little bit about director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus before, when Joel Edgerton signed on to play Pharoah Ramses II opposite Christian Bale as Moses. Darren Aronofsky’s Noah will be one of the first large-scale projects out of the gate kicking off this new wave of Biblical movies next year, and now Ridley Scott’s cast is slowly becoming just as impressive as Aronofsky’s.
Variety is reporting that “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is in talks to join the film as Joshua, the Hebrew slave who lead the Israelite tribes into the promised land after Moses died. His deal isn’t completely worked out yet – negotiations are ongoing – and over at Deadline, they’ve chimed in and added that Sir Ben Kingsley is also in talks to come aboard, playing a Hebrew scholar. But enough about the “maybes”: deals have officially been worked out for Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro to play Tuya and Seti, the mother and father of Edgerton’s Ramses.
Sounds like a heck of a cast, and all eyes will certainly be on Aaron Paul for at least a few years following his extraordinary work on “Breaking Bad.” The script comes from Steve Zaillian, working from a pitch by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, and considering the fact that Zaillian has Schindler’s List, Moneyball, Gangs of New York, and American Gangster under his belt, we’re hopeful that he’ll be able to craft something worthy of all of this A-list talent. Scott’s Prometheus didn’t light up the film world in quite the way we’re guessing everyone involved hoped it would, but he does have The Counselor coming up, and that one has a ridiculously impressive cast, too. Here’s hoping one (or preferably both) of these projects will be better than some of the director’s other recent efforts. Shooting gets underway on Exodus next month, and we’ll keep you posted with new developments.
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