Why yes, that is Christian Bale you see in that photo, riding his valiant steed into battle as…Moses, the biblical figure who led the Israelites out of slavery of Egypt and through the desert for 40 years.
It’s not what usually comes to mind when you think of Judaism’s most famous prophet. But for his newest film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Ridley Scott has rounded up a remarkable cast, including Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Aaron Paul, to bring the biblical story to the big-screen in what looks like the most epic way possible.
“What I thought I knew about Moses I didn’t really,” Scott told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “Either I wasn’t paying attention in Sunday school or I had forgotten. 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.”
Not surprisingly, Bale did worry about filming a new take on a character for which there is already one iconic entry in the American canon. As he put it to EW, “Charlton Heston does Charlton Heston better than anyone.”
After the jump, take a look at a few more stills from EW’s piece on “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which is set for a December 12 release date–i.e., right at the start of awards season.