Nikalaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister (aka “The Kingslayer”) on HBO’s mega-hit “Game of Thrones,” has found some work to fill his downtime between seasons in Westeros.
The Wrap reports that the 42-year-old actor is in talks to star in Gods of Egypt, an action film from Dark City and The Crow director Alex Proyas for Summit Entertainment. Burk Sharpless (what a name!) and Matt Sazama wrote the screenplay, and they’re best-known for writing Universal’s Dracula reboot that’s coming out sometime in the next year or so.
According to The Wrap, “Gods of Egypt is set in ancient Egypt against the legendary world of great pyramids and sphinxes. Coster-Waldau would play Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris.” Sounds a tiny bit like the upcoming Winter’s Tale, and hopefully if the story is lacking a bit, Proyas can bring some style to the proceedings in the same way Tarsem did with his own ancient gods film, Immortals.
Proyas has been having a hell of a time trying to get projects off the ground lately. He was all set to direct a massive adaptation of Paradise Lost for Legendary, and he got as far as casting Bradley Cooper in the lead role before the studio ultimately pulled the plug because of budget concerns. He’s been attached to a few projects since then, but nothing has panned out; it appears that this will be his next effort, which is slightly ironic considering this is a similar project that will feature battles between ancient gods and men.
Coster-Waldau has done terrific work on Season 3 of “Game of Thrones” so far, and I’m totally OK with him making the jump to a major movie star. He can easily pull off characters with charisma, charm, and class, so it’ll be fun to see what he does with a larger than life god character in Gods of Egypt. We just hope he’s not kicked to the background like he was in Tom Cruise’s Oblivion earlier this year. Thoughts?
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