The first trailer for Ridley Scott’s forthcoming Old Testament epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, has been released.
Following in the wake of April’s Noah, the film retells the biblical story of “daring” Moses, played by Christian Bale who, according to the official synopsis, “rises up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues”.
Moments before horses and chariots come blazing in for battle, Joel Edgerton’s Ramses tells Moses: “You say that you didn’t cause all this, you say this is not your fault, so let’s just see who’s more effective at killing.”
Then, viewers are given glimpses of the plagues from merciless fire to bloodied water and giant hailstones, after Moses warns his enemy that “something’s coming, that is out of my control”.
A promotional poster for Exodus shows the Oscar-winning Bale dressed in fearsome black armour with a gold sword, implying that his role acceptance condition of “no fake beards” has been upheld.
“The biblical account of Moses is extraordinary and there was lots of room for us to go places that (1956 film) The Ten Commandments never dreamed of going,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
Some critics are concerned that Scott, who directed Gladiator and Prometheus, has spent too much time with grand 3D and state-of-the-art visual effects.
Scott shot Exodus in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands and Almeria, Spain and admitted that the 74-day filming process was “intense”.
“I was knocked out by who (Moses) was and the basics of the story,” he said. “It has to be one of the greatest adventures and spiritual experiences that could ever have been.”
John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul also star in the movie, due to hit cinemas on 12 December.
Let's hope it wins more positive criticism than Darren Aronofsky's "soggy and bombastic" biblical effort.