Christian Bale Eyed to Play Moses in Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’

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The battle of Moses retellings has begun, taking after last year’s dual Snow White re-imaginings, this year’s White House invasion thrillers (Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down), and next year’s different takes on the Hercules legend. We learned earlier today that Warner Bros. is looking to hire director Ang Lee for Gods and Kings (now that Steven Spielberg has passed on the Biblical epic), just as 20th Century Fox begins making its own plans to fast-track Exodus.

Ridley Scott revealed the latter Moses project is among the numerous prospects he’s given consideration to directing, around the time Prometheus was starting its theatrical run. It sounded like a secondary concern for Scott back then, but that new report on WB eying Lee to helm Gods and Kings suggests that Scott’s “looking to mobilize” production on Exodus before the year is over.

Deadline is reporting that Fox and Scott are courting Christian Bale to play Moses in Exodus, but emphasize that a deal is not guaranteed. The Oscar-winner is on-and-off rumored to return as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Justice League somewhere down the line, but so far he’s stuck to working on indie and auteur projects since his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises. That includes the reunion with The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell on his next movie costarring Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, which begins shooting very soon.

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However, Bale working alongside Scott on Exodus - which the filmmaker previously indicated will examine aspects of Moses’ life that were left mostly unexplored in previous movies (a la The Ten Commandments, Prince of Egypt) – is something I could easily see happening. This isn’t the first contemporary Biblical retelling Bale has been courted for, either, as he was reported to be circling the lead in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah last year (before his 3:10 to Yuma costar Russell Crowe signed on instead). We’ll have to wait and see if he commits to Exodus, though.

Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (who wrote American Gangster for Scott) did a rewrite on the initial Exodus script draft, which was penned by writing duo Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (the pair received story credit on Tower Heist). No surprise, it’s the Zaillian draft that has convinced Fox executives and Scott to prioritize this Moses retelling and not let WB pull ahead with development on Gods and Kings. Indeed, the quality of the retooled Exodus script will likewise affect dramatic heavyweight Bale’s decision to either join or pass on the project.

We will keep you up-to-date on Exodus as more information is released.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Wrong Moses Bale…. Join Ang Lees!

    Darn. News like this can be a big blow to gods and kings…. Studio will probably play it safe and sit on it for a year and weigh there options then. If Ridley Scott Moses biopic tanks, I highly doubt WB will make a $100-$150 million dollar similar film.

  2. To go from saving Gotham to parting the Red Sea! What a come up!

  3. Wow, I wonder how the story of Moses ended. The suspense is killing me.

    • You and billions of others. The unique thing bout Moses is that no-one knows the story of his death. the bible only says that he died and God burried him. people have been speculating on where his burial site is for centuries.

  4. How is this funny exactly?? Poking fun at Christianity is funny?

    • Sometimes, yeah.

    • Geez, that the guy that’s played batman could potentially be playing moses. Wasn’t a comment on religion or beliefs etc.

    • thats not funny its wrong n im catholic y would u think its funny thats just bougus

      • Its not wrong, stop being so offended, not everyone is catholic or even religious.
        He probably shouldnt have posted it as it has nothing to do with this story but you didnt have to click on it.

        • Thx Cody, as a catholic myself, my beliefs aren’t swayed by a simple picture meant to be stupid/funny. If the movie gets made, It sill be fun seeying bale take on a new role but couldn’t get the visual of batman leading his people and splitting the red seas (in batman costume of course lol) hence, why I found the meme (I had seen it on FB, just googled for it and found it on that site). Still think it’s silly and doesn’t offend me in the least.

      • I’m Christian Methodist and I didn’t find that offensive. It’s a picture of an athiest saying he doesn’t believe in God. Thats what they do

    • The reason for Moses, I think is an easy one. His life, in comparison to virtually all the other prophets of the OT, would include the grandest of visual effects – fighting the egyptian sorcerers, the plagues of egypt, parting of the red sea, the pillar of fire leading the israelites at night, the angel of the Lord, God descending on the mount, giving of the ten commandents, the glory of God passing before Moses, and others…

  5. I mean, I’d watch it.

  6. Bale certainly has his fair share of possible projects to pick from when he’s done with Abscam. Last summer he was rumored for the Creed of Violence, a while ago he was rumored for Everest, now he’s rumored for this, and I’m sure his name will be thrown around Nolan’s Interstellar. Be interesting to see which one he picks.

    • He better make Creed of Violence. Todd Field rarely directs films. 7 years or so I’ve been waiting to see another one of his films after making Little Children.

  7. I don’t know I think Playin’ Moses would be a step down from playing Jesus for Bale

  8. Let the transformation begin!

  9. I personally think its pretty cool that there are some big movies coming out about stories from the Bible. Some great stories are found in there with great messages as well.

    • The real question would be if Hollywood will be faithful in the retelling of these popular Bible characters such as the Ten Commandments or the Passion,etc. with its values,morals,etc. I understand adding drama, but eliminating central themes would be disaster.

  10. He was Jesus, Batman, John Connor, and now Moses? Bale really wants to be a messiah!

  11. I am finding it hilarious, because Batman has already played Moses! Val Kilmer, who played Batman, also played Moses in The Prince of Egypt.

    I am sensing a pattern here lol

  12. That well known middle-eastern actor Christian Bale eh?

    Great casting.

  13. far out! I am SO geting high for this one.

  14. Yep the last thing we need is a fictional movie based on fact. Or is it the other way around. Does that make sense? Anyway I appreciate Hollywood sticking to making blockbusters people want to see as apposed to blockbusters insane people think are part of history. I mean really, how the F%$k does a guy get two of each animal on a boat? The logistics are staggering.
    Anyway lets just hope Mr Bale and Mr Scott continue to make great movies us normal chemically balanced folk can enjoy and not this expensive soon to be monuMENTAL flop I see coming.

    • @ Steve. This is a classic example of why we Christians have faith. The logistics dont faze me. If the Bible says Noah had two of every animal on the ark, then i through faith will beleive it. God is powerfull enough to make it work. Also, christians have never started a war over others having different beliefs. the closest was the crusades an most of the crusaders were misguided catholichs.