Joel Edgerton in Talks to Join Christian Bale in 'Exodus'
Ridley Scott may just bring back the bible movies trend of with his upcoming Moses tale, "Exodus".
Back in March, we learned that Ridley Scott wanted Christian Bale to play Moses in Exodus, and today, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we know for certain that Bale is onboard to play Moses, but also that the acclaimed actor Joel Edgerton may star opposite Bale as the film's central antagonist.
The Australian actor, most recently seen in "Zero Dark Thirty" and “The Great Gatsby,” is in talks to play Ramses, the Egyptian pharaoh who kept the Jewish slaves in bondage until Moses was able to free them and lead a pilgrimage back to the Promised Land.
Edgerton, whose credits include the acclaimed crime drama Animal Kingdom, broke out in Gavin O'Connor's 2011 MMA drama Warrior. He recently stepped into O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman.
The Aussie actor is also onboard to star in Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst.
With shooting slated to begin in September, Scott's beginning to put the pieces together with his cast. Not many plot details have been revealed about the biblical tale, but it's clear that the Moses/Ramses relationship is a key one for Scott.
"What's interesting to me about Moses isn't the big stuff that everybody knows. It's things like his relationship with Ramses [II, the pharaoh]. I honestly wasn't paying attention in school when i was told of the story of Moses. Some of the details of his life are extraordinary," Scott said in an interview with Esquire last year.
Steve Zaillian, the Oscar winning screenwriter of movies like Schindler's List, Moneyball, and Gangs of New York, wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was originally put together by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Also, fox-based Peter Chernin will produce the film along with Scott.
Filming will take place in Spain, Morroco and England.
In other news, "The Counselor", Scott's latest film starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz will hit theaters October 25th. Watch the trailer below!