EW have exclusively revealed some new images from Ridley Scott Moses epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and you can view the images above and below.
The film amazingly only took 74 days to shoot “I still privately don’t know how we did it, but we did,” Scott says. “I haven’t had that much fun in a while.”
Although it sounds like there was plenty of fun to be had on set with the extensive cast of A-listers, the film delves into dark stuff, and is a very serious account of Moses. Star Christian Bale had this to say about the character he plays in the epic film:
“He’s one of the most fascinating characters that I’ve ever studied. I think Achilles is described as the most passionate man alive but I think Moses would give him a very good run for his money.”
The new images show off what looks to be a very big film indeed, and with Scott at the helm, Exodus: Gods and Kings is guaranteed to be thrilling. However, while we can only glimpse at images for now, the trailer will be released next week in time for the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so be sure to check back then to see the trailer in all its glory.
A pivotal figure in the Old Testament, Moses was a prophet who fought against Pharaoh Ramses to free 600,000 slaves, whom he then led through the desert to escape from Egypt and its 10 deadly plagues. (Along the way he parted the Red Sea and unveiled the Ten Commandments.) But the biblical journey was even more epic than the director remembered. “What I thought I knew about Moses I didn’t really,” Scott says. “Either I wasn’t paying attention in Sunday school or I had forgotten. I was knocked out by who he was and the basics of the story—it has to be one of the greatest adventures and spiritual experiences that could ever have been.”
Bale spoke of how Scott’s version is able to go places that the Charlton Heston starring The Ten Commandments (1956) couldn’t, and he also stipulated (with a laugh) that there were to be no fake beards on set! “Charlton Heston does Charlton Heston better than anyone,” says Bale. “But the biblical account of Moses is extraordinary, and there was lots of room for us to go to places that [Heston’s movie] The Ten Commandments never dreamed of going.”
Joining Christian Bale are Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, and Aaron Paul. “When you’re Ridley, you pick up the phone and people will turn up,” says Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), who plays Ramses. “I had to battle demons of self-doubt to feel like I belonged in this club.”
Production took the cast to Spain, for filming in Almería, along the Mediterranean Sea, and Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands. “It has these stunning beaches,” Bale says of the picturesque coast. “It looks like a Tyrannosaurus rex could come running around a corner.” Edgerton recalls how Scott would whip out a pen and paper on set to draw the complex backdrops that would eventually replace the working greenscreen. “It would be a quick, one-minute sketch, but you’d suddenly see what’s out there,” Edgerton says. “Filmmaking for him must be like breathing.” Bale also has nothing but praise for the veteran director: “He’s got all the passion of a young filmmaker. He’s not jaded.”
Exodus will be released in UK cinemas on Boxing Day.