The Ridley Scott-directed epic also features Joel Edgerton as Rameses II, John Turturro as Rameses' father Seti, Sigourney Weaver as Rameses' mother Tuya, Aaron Paul as Moses' confidant Joshua and Ben Kingsley as Joshua's father Nun. Scott previously worked with Weaver on his 1979 film Alien.
The movie is a reinterpretation of the biblical story of Moses. According to the Old Testament Book of Exodus, Moses was born into slavery and adopted by chance into the Egyptian royal family. He later rebelled against his adoptive brother, the Pharaoh Rameses, and led hundreds of thousands of Israelite slaves to freedom by parting the Red Sea. After their escape, Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments on the top of Mount Sinai, and spent the rest of his life seeking the Promised Land.
"What I thought I knew about Moses I didn't really," Scott tells Entertainment Weekly. "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."
Exodus: Gods and Kings is scheduled for a December 14 release.
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