Gods of Egypt is the upcoming mythological action/adventure film from director Alex Proyas, the filmmaker (and the former music video director) behind such visually inventive 1990s cult titles as The Crow and Dark City, in addition to popular genre tentpoles like I, Robot. There’s not been a whole lot of buzz (good or bad) for Gods of Egypt to date, but that’s already begun to change – with just over three months to go until its release in theaters.
The first trailer for Gods of Egypt will likely debut in theaters soon alongside fellow Lionsgate/Summit release, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. In the meantime, the first batch of character posters have been released, offering the first look at the eponymous characters, along with the mortal protagonist of the film.
Here is the official plot summary for Gods of Egypt:
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes 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 powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against the evil overlord. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen take 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.
In addition to Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), and Thwaites (Maleficent), the Gods of Egypt cast will include 42 and Get on Up star Chadwick Boseman – who will play Black Panther for the first time in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 – as Thoth, God of Wisdom, along with Elodie Yung, star of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Elektra in the upcoming Daredevil season 2, as Hathor, Goddess of Love. Posters featuring all five of these Gods of Egypt cast members have been released (via EW, Yahoo! Movies, Hitfix, IMDb, and Coming Soon) and you can check them out, below:
The track record for Gods of Egypt screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter) suggests this film’s script will feature intriguing mythos, but also an under-cooked and fairly standard (read: uninventive) action/adventure narrative. Indeed, between that, the shiny-if-cheesy poster designs, and the movie’s largely white-washed cast – which also includes Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean) as Ra and Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as Urshu – right now there’s not much reason to expect Gods of Egypt to be more than a silly fantasy action flick.
That being said: there’s certainly an audience for that sort of (unintentionally) campy mythological action fare, as evidenced by the respectable box office turnouts for films like Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, Immortals, and 300: Rise of an Empire in the past five years. Who knows, Gods of Egypt may even make for so-dumb-it’s-fun type big screen entertainment; we’ll have to see wait a bit longer to see what the trailer has to say about that. We’ll let you know when said first footage drops online!
Gods of Egypt opens in U.S. theaters on February 26th, 2016.