Gerard Butler & Geoffrey Rush Join Alex Proyas' 'Gods of Egypt' [Updated]

Gerard Butler as Leonidas in '300'

Egyptian mythology is brimming with interesting stories about both gods and human kind, and one of those tales is being brought to big screen soon by Summit Entertainment, director Alex Proyas (Knowing) and writing duo Matt Sazam and Bruce Sharpless, who are also the screenwriting team behind Dracula Untold.

The title of the film probably gives away its subject: Gods of Egypt will tell the story of one of the many disputes between the ancient deities whose likenesses are scrawled all over the walls of ancient Egyptian buildings and tombs. Not much is yet known about the project or when Proyas intends to start filming, but a fresh piece of casting news offers a positive sign for Gods of Egypt's development.

According to Deadline, Gerard Butler (300) is currently in talks to play Set, the god of storms, deserts and foreigners. According to mythology, Set was jealous of his brother Osiris and eventually killed and dismembered him (that's how gods settle family disputes). As a result of this, Osiris' son Horus became Set's enemy and the two were thrown into conflict, which in the film will play out with Horus seeking assistance for his revenge from Hathor, the goddess of love. If Butler is cast, this could mean we get to see some interesting fight scenes between him and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), who has been cast as Horus.

[UPDATE: THR is also reporting that Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush - arguably best known by mainstream American moviegoers for playing Captain (Hector) Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean series - has joined the Gods of Egypt cast as the sun god Ra, the father of Set and Osiris "who is also Set’s ultimate target."]

Proyas' previous films have leaned towards weird and occasionally gloomy sci-fi with films like I, Robot and Dark City. He's also no stranger to revenge stories, having directed the original 1994 adaptation of James O'Barr's comic book series The Crow, which was about a musician who is brought back to life in order to avenge the deaths of himself and and his fiancée.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Talks Gods of Egypt

This isn't the first epic tale that Proyas has attempted to tackle. His planned adaptation of John Milton's famous book Paradise Lost, which many consider to be unfilmable, proved to be exactly that when Legendary Pictures scrapped it entirely over concerns that the required budget was too high. Recreating hell on film is apparently a pricey challenge.

Butler was seen most recently in Olympus Has Fallen, in which he found himself trying to protect the President of the United States from terrorists during an attack on the White House. He's perhaps best known for his role as King Leonidas in 300, which is no doubt what many will think of when presented with the idea of Butler playing an angry god. He may not have been immortal in 300, but he was definitely a force to be reckoned with.

While we wait to see whether or not Butler officially signs on for the role, answer this question: who would win in a fight between King Leonidas and Jaime Lannister?


Gods of Egypt doesn't have a release date yet, but we'll keep you updated on any further casting news.

Source: Deadline

Update Source: THR

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