The first trailer for director Alex Proyas (I, Robot, The Crow) and Lionsgate’s Gods of Egypt gave viewers their first look at the epic mythological/fantasy action film set in ancient Egypt. The film stars Gerard Butler (London Has Fallen) as Set, the God of Darkness, who has taken over the throne of Egypt. The save the country’s citizens from Set’s rule, the mortal Bek, played by Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent), enlists the help of God of the Air, Horus, portrayed by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones).
The special effects, computer generated Egypt, and large action set pieces seemed to serve the main conflict between Horus and Set in the first trailer for Gods of Egypt. Now, the second trailer focuses on a tighter narrative and a much more simplified version of the film’s storyline, as well as the visual spectacle and computer generated imagery.
The second teaser (above), which clocks in at a shorter length than the previous trailer, focuses more on Horus, who has been tasked with protecting the mortals of Egypt even if that means becoming stronger. To do so, he must go on a journey with Bek in order to overthrow Set’s armies and take back Egypt. Much of the action spectacle from the first trailer is featured in the second, but with shorter cuts rather than extended scenes.
Gods of Egypt was written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter). The feature co-stars Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War) as Thoth the God of Wisdom, Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Daredevil) as Hathor the Goddess of Love, Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Ra, Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle) as Urshu, and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Anat.
This second trailer for Gods of Egypt seems to be more of the same offered in the first teaser, albeit shorter and simpler (and perhaps sweeter). That is to say, those interested by the stylized mythological world akin to Clash of the Titans, Immortals, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Percy Jackson may be intrigued by the CGI environments of Proyas’ feature. Additionally, the much simpler plot laid out by this new trailer pushes the action beats and visual spectacle front and center, perhaps offering an insight into the balance of the final cut of the film.
Of course, though there wasn’t much buzz for Gods of Egypt before character posters were released last month, the movie has since received criticism for its predominantly white cast despite the film’s location in Egypt. Both Proyas and Lionsgate apologized for the white-washed cast, but it remains to be seen how or if their statements – or the lack of a diverse cast – will have an impact on the film’s box office performance. Still, the negative buzz, the heavily computer generated effects, and the February release date doesn’t necessarily set up Gods of Egypt for spectacular success.
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Gods of Egypt opens in U.S. theaters on February 26th, 2016.