Christian Bale has gone from playing the hero that Gotham City deserves to the hero that the slaves of ancient Egypt desperately need.
That’s right, the Dark Knight star is playing Moses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic. See him in action in this first official trailer:
Based on a screenplay by Steve Zaillian (who wrote Schindler’s List, a movie about a 20th Century Moses), Exodus: Gods and Kings is set to play out as a battle of the wills between Moses and Pharoah Rameses (Zero Dark Thirty‘s Joel Edgerton). The cast also includes heavy hitters like Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, and Aaron Paul.
Director Ridley Scott is no stranger to the swords n’ sandals genre: one of his greatest triumphs was in popularising the historical blockbuster. But will this turn out to be a classic like Gladiator, or a forgotten curio like Kingdom of Heaven? Only time will tell.