Darren Aronofsky’s got some competition in the biblical epic department. While “Noah”, starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Douglas Booth is in post-production, Ridley Scott is prepping his own big budget blockbuster set in ancient times, with Joel Edgerton now joining Christian Bale in the film titled “Exodus”, according to THR.
Bale will play Moses in “Exodus” – after circling Russell’s role in “Noah”, ironically – in the film based on one of the Bible’s most iconic figures, he who parted the Red Sea and all that magical stuff. Edgerton is in talks to take on the role of Ramses, who eventually becomes the Pharaoh of Egypt who sends Moses and his fellow Israelites into exile. Will we hear Bale utter the words, “Let my people go”? Filming starts in September in Spain, Morocco and England.
Edgerton has become increasingly in demand in Hollywood after breaking out in Aussie crime thriller “Animal Kingdom” in 2010. He followed it up with roles in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Great Gatsby”, and recently completed filming troubled Western “Jane Got a Gun” and Aussie thriller “Felony”, which he also co-wrote. He’s attached to Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst, which presumably he’ll transition to after wrapping up “Exodus” in early 2014.