Of all the big movies coming our way this fall, the one that looks the most potentially dicey is “Exodus: Gods And Kings,” Ridley Scott‘s grand-scale retelling of the story of Moses. In theory, the idea of the director of “Gladiator” working with his biggest-ever budget for the first live-action take on the tale in fifty years should be an enticing one, especially with a cast including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn and Ben Kingsley.
But footage has underwhelmed so far, and the film’s been (correctly) beset by the decision to cast mostly caucasian actors in Middle Eastern roles, including Edgerton done up in make-up that we can only describe as Clementine Face (the Australian actor has expressed sympathy with the outcry, saying in a recent interview, “I do understand and empathize with that position,” presumably while simultaneously trying to wash fake tan marks out of his sofa).
As such, Fox might have a battle on their hands for the film to compete against mega-budget competition like the final “Hobbit” movie, and as part of that, they’ve just unveiled a new featurette for the movie, which emphasizes the epic nature of the project, mainly by saying the word ‘epic’ over and over again, and showing how many digital extras they have. We’re not about to write the film off. We’re always intrigued to see Scott tackle something this huge, but we might need a little bit more than this to restore our faith completely. “Exodus: Gods And Kings” opens December 12th, and you can watch the featurette, courtesy of Yahoo, below.