Although Heston starred in Cecil B. DeMille’s groundbreaking “The Ten Commandments” in 1956, the film should still be familiar to today’s moviegoers.
It’s been shown on television every year around Easter time almost since it first appeared on the big screen.
Heston not only defined the role of Moses, but Yul Brynner also put his stamp on Rameses II.
And who can forget the monumental miscasting of Edward G. Robinson as Dathan?
Now Bale is stepping into Heston’s role and Joel Edgerton will tackle Rameses II. But 20th Century Fox wisely steered clear of mentioning Moses in the title. Instead we get “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”
Was the studio trying to avoid comparisons, or controversy? Probably both. Scott’s interpretation of the Biblical tale is sure to draw both.
As always with Biblical epics, the story is already known. So tale will be in the telling. And, it looks like Scott is planning a super realistic look at life in ancient Egypt.
Comparisons are already being made to his film, “The Gladiator,” which mixed myth with realism to come up with a compelling movie.
Judging from the trailer, we’ll see more of Moses as a warrior prince, serving the house of Rameses, before becoming a rival and finally an enemy.
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