It seems like 2014 could be the year the big Bible epic returns to the box office, what with Darren Aronofsky’s Noah sailing into theaters (the production actually built an ark, you guys, a real ark) and Ridley Scott’s Exodus joining the fray later in the year. The Christian Bale-starring film centers on the exploits of the prophet Moses and marks the first big screen team-up of Bale and director Ridley Scott.
Empire provides our first look at the film, including a horse-topped Bale, and it certainly looks, well, authentic enough. Bale is certainly sporting a nice cape situation, though his hair and beard are a little more closely-cropped than we’d expect. The location, however, looks pretty appropriately desert-y, and the scads of extras in the back appear to be working damn hard. Just how authentic will Exodus end up being? Hard to tell.
If you’re in need of a little refresher on the story of Moses, you might want to cue up another big screen take on the material – Cecil B. De Mille’s The Ten Commandments also covered the story of Moses and was one of the first films to go full epic on a Bible story. Otherwise, Empire shares a quick version of the tale: “Moses was found, traditional [sic] has it, as a baby in the bullrushes, abandoned by a desperate mother when the then-Pharaoh ordered the murder of male newborns among his slaves. Found by the Pharaoh’s daughter, he was raised with the royals, alongside the future Rhamses II (Joel Edgerton here). But a burning bush speaking with the voice of his people’s god convinced Moses to lead the Israelite slaves to freedom, leading to the parting of the Red Sea and a 40-year trek through the desert.”
That’s right, get ready to see a forty year trek through the desert on the big screen next year. In this case, we’re interested to hear the runtime on this bad boy.
The film also stars Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, and Indira Varma. It will hit theaters on December 12, 2014.
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