The obvious problems with this aside… based on the just-released trailer, the movie looks awful.
By the way, Chadwick Boseman actually has a role in this playing play Thoth, who was, among other things, a god of the moon and the inventor of writing. He was most often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis (a type of bird with a long, down-curved bill), or a baboon.
He’s barely in the trailer, I should note. Blink and you’ll surely miss him. So it’s hard to say how involved his character is in the overall narrative.
Alex Proyas’ “Gods Of Egypt,” the Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment action-adventure pic, stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Courtney Eaton, and others.
Synopsis for the film reads: Magic, monsters, gods, and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the lush Nile River Valley in this sweeping action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against the evil overlord. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the spectacular final confrontation.
After flops like “The Last Witch Hunter,” Lionsgate is going to need the upcoming final “Hunger Games” movie to smash box office records, because films that look like “Gods of Egypt” ain’t gonna cut it. Memo to Lionsgate, maybe you didn’t get the memo (especially after the uproar over Ridley Scott’s “Exodus”), but black is currently the new black, and it’s apparently what’s *in* right now… for however long that will last.