Exodus: Gods and Kings: a new poster, Sigourney Weaver on wanting to kill Moses, costume designs, and more

exodusgodsandkings-dutchTime to round up some Exodus: Gods and Kings bits.

First up, Flicks and Bits has this poster for the film’s Dutch release, which will apparently take place on December 18 — fifteen days after the film opens in South Korea, and six days after it opens in North America. It’s not a great poster, but it’s less lame than some of the other ones we’ve seen. (One of the most recent posters, which seems to show Moses and Ramses fighting each other even though they aren’t even looking at each other, is particularly strange.)

Second, Sigourney Weaver was interviewed by her old friend (and Dave co-star) Kevin Kline for Gotham magazine, and along the way she drops a few hints about how Queen Tuya, her character in Exodus, tries to influence her son Ramses:
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Our first look at the cast for The Bible follow-up series A.D.

ad-jesusAt last, we know who some (but not all) of the actors will be in A.D., the NBC series that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are producing as a follow-up to their hit miniseries The Bible.

First, People reveals that Jesus will be played by Argentinian actor Juan Pablo di Pace, and, just as Diogo Morgado’s Jesus in The Bible quickly earned the nickname “Hot Jesus”, so too People notes that di Pace is “easy-on-the-eyes”.

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The Shack gets a new director in Stuart Hazeldine

stuarthazeldineBig news regarding The Shack: the film adaptation of William P. Young’s novel, which was going to be directed by Forest Whitaker, is now going to be directed by Stuart Hazeldine, a Christian filmmaker that I had the pleasure of interviewing for my Christianity Today story on the Bible-movie revival earlier this year. Curiously, Deadline, which broke the news, says nothing about Whitaker or the actors he had approached for the film, such as Idris Elba and Oprah Winfrey. Looks like they’re starting over from scratch, as far as that goes?

Another actor joins the Romans in the new Ben-Hur remake

marwankenzari2Deadline reports that Marwan Kenzari, a Dutch actor of Tunisian descent, has joined the cast of Ben-Hur in the role of Druses, a Roman officer who works for Messala, the Roman official who betrays his boyhood friend Judah Ben-Hur.

Druses appears to be identical to Drusus, a character from the original novel who appeared in the 1959 film, where he was played by Terence Longdon. (The 1925 and 2010 adaptations don’t seem to have any characters with either name, at least not according to their IMDb pages.)

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: two TV spots and more photos!

exodus-facebook-141030Only one month to go until Exodus: Gods and Kings begins its international rollout in South Korea on December 3 — and, who knows, we may start to see reviews of the film even sooner than that.

In the meantime, the publicity machine behind the film continues to crank out new photos and videos, including two TV spots that contain a few new bits of footage. You can check them out below the jump, along with some of the new pictures that have been released.

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Newsbites: Women of the Bible! Ben-Hur! Noah! Clavius!

redtent-rt_061114_da_0142oIt’s been a big week for Bible-movie news. Here are a few of the highlights.

1. The Lifetime Network announced that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are producing a two-hour special for them called The Women of the Bible, featuring interviews with famous pastors’ wives (Kay Warren, Victoria Osteen) and others who will tell the stories of Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary. The special will air right before the premiere of the two-part miniseries The Red Tent on December 7.

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