Exodus: Gods and Kings
Taglines: Once Brothers, Now Enemies.
Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is a biblically-inspired epic film directed by Ridley Scott. It was written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine and Steven Zaillian. The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ghassan Massoud, Golshifteh Farahani and Ben Kingsley. It is a loose interpretation of the story of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt as led by Moses and related in the Book of Exodus.
Shooting of the film began in October 2013 in Almería. Additional filming was scheduled at Pinewood Studios, England. Shooting begun on October 22 in Tabernas (Almería) as the first and main location is Ouarzazate (Morocco), and in Sierra Alhamilla (Almería). The Red Sea scene was filmed at a beach on Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. Shooting also reportedly took place in Almeria and in Fuerteventura and lasted 74 days.
About the Story
In 1300 BC, Moses, a general and member of the royal family, prepares to attack the Hittite army with Prince Ramesses. A High Priestess divines a prophecy from animal intestines, which she relates to Ramesses’ father, Seti I. He tells the two men of the prophecy, in which one (of Moses and Ramesses) will save the other and become a leader. During the attack on the Hittites, Moses saves Ramesses’ life, leaving both men troubled.
Later, Moses is sent to the city of Pithom to meet with the Viceroy Hegep, who oversees the Hebrew slaves. Upon his arrival, he encounters the slave Joshua, who is the descendant of Joseph, and is appalled by the horrific conditions of the slaves. Shortly afterwards, Moses meets Nun, who informs him of his true lineage; he is the child of Hebrew parents who was sent by his sister Miriam to be raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses is stunned at the revelation and leaves angrily. However, two Hebrews also overhear Nun’s story and report their discovery to Hegep.
Seti dies soon after Moses’ return to Memphis, and Ramesses becomes the new Pharaoh (Ramesses II). Hegep arrives to reveal Moses’ true identity, but Ramesses is conflicted about whether to believe the story. At the urging of Queen Tuya, he interrogates the servant Miriam, who denies being Moses’ sister. When Ramesses threatens to cut off Miriam’s arm, Moses comes to her defense, revealing he is a Hebrew.
Although Tuya wants Moses to be put to death, Ramesses decides to send him into exile. Before leaving Egypt, Moses meets with his adopted mother and Miriam, who refer to him by his birth name of Moishe. Following a journey into the desert, Moses comes to Midian where he meets Zipporah and her father, Jethro. Moses becomes a shepherd, marries Zipporah and has a son Gershom.
About the Production
On March 15, 2013, It has ben eported Ridley Scott wanted Christian Bale to star in the film; in August he confirmed the role to be Moses himself. On the same day, Joel Edgerton joined the cast to play Ramses and production was set to begin in September. The studio announced the casting calls in Spain’s Almería and Pechina for 3,000 to 4,000 extras and with another 1,000 to 2,000 extras on the island of Fuerteventura. On August 27, Aaron Paul joined the film to play Joshua. Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and John Turturro were still in talks about joining the cast. On March 27, 2014, the studio changed the title of the film to Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Exodus set in Pechina, Andalusia, Spain. Shooting of the film began in October 2013 in Almería. Additional filming was scheduled at Pinewood Studios, England. Shooting begun on October 22 in Tabernas (Almería) as the first and main location, and in Sierra Alhamilla (Almería). In Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Ridley Scott shot additional footage in Pájara and Antigua.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Exodus: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Indira Varma, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, María Valverde, Hiam Abbass
Screenplay by: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Production Design by: Arthur Max
Cinematography by: Dariusz Wolski
Film Editing by: Billy Rich
Costume Design by: Janty Yates
Set Decoration by: Celia Bobak
Art Direction by: Ravi Bansal, Alex Cameron, Alejandro Fernández, Gavin Fitch, Matthew Gray, Marc Homes, Luigi Marchione, Óscar Sempere, Ashley Winter, Matt Wynne
Music by: Alberto Iglesias
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence including battle sequences and intense images.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Releas Dat: December 12, 2014