The Exodus: Gods and KingsLawrence of Arabia overlap

wadirumEntertainment Weekly has a new interview with Ridley Scott in which the director discusses some of the films he plans to make after he finishes Exodus: Gods and Kings, such as the sequels to Prometheus and Blade Runner.

First up is The Martian, which is set on Mars — and Scott says he’ll probably shoot the Martian scenes in a place in Jordan called Wadi Rum. Entertainment Weekly then goes on to explain that this location was previously used in Lawrence of Arabia — where it served as the home of Auda Abu Tayi, the Arab chieftain played by Anthony Quinn — and, more recently, in Scott’s own Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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Unified Pictures announces its Noah’s Ark cartoon… again…

noahsark-unifiedUnified Pictures announced today that John Stevenson, one of the directors of the original Kung Fu Panda, will direct an animated version of Noah’s Ark for them, and that the film will be completed two years from now, in 2016.

None of that is news, though, to anyone who has been following this film. Stevenson’s involvement with the film was first announced in March 2013, and Unified Pictures has been saying the film will be ready in two years ever since it was first announced in 2007. Maybe what’s new now is that Stevenson will direct the film by himself; today’s press release makes no mention of Cameron Hood, who was announced as co-director last year.

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Aussie- and Canadian-born actresses join Spike TV’s Tut

tut-deen-bunburyWhile controversy continues to swirl around Exodus: Gods and Kings — with various Twitter users arguing that the Pharaohs and their relatives should have been played by black actors rather than actors of European and Palestinian descent — the casting directors on the Spike TV series Tut continue to go a somewhat different route. Having already cast Avan Jogia and Ben Kingsley — both of whom are half-Indian — as the Pharaoh Tutankhamun and his grand vizier, the producers have now cast Sibylla Deen, an Australian who is half-English and half-Pakistani, as Tutankhamun’s sister (and wife) Anke. Deadline also reports that Kylie Bunbury, daughter of the Guyanese-Canadian soccer star Alex Bunbury and his Polish-Swedish-American wife Kristi Novak, is playing someone named Suhad.

Exodus: Gods and Kings: the Pharaohs speak!

exodus-royalfamily-3New interviews with John Turturro and Joel Edgerton, who play the Pharaohs Seti and Ramses in Exodus: Gods and Kings, have popped up in the last few days. The actors were giving the interviews to promote other projects, but along the way they made a few comments about their upcoming Bible epic.

First, Turturro, promoting the video release of Fading Gigolo, told The Playlist that he was amazed by the sheer number of cameras that Ridley Scott used while shooting Exodus: “I never worked with that many cameras, or live leopards at my feet. . . . I never had seen that many cameras, and I worked with Michael Bay.” (Turturro made similar comments last year.)

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Casting news for The Dovekeepers, but what about A.D.?

diegobonetaVarious sites, including Variety, reported this week that Mexican actor Diego Boneta has been cast as one of the main male characters in The Dovekeepers, an upcoming miniseries about four Jewish women who live in the fortress of Masada when it is besieged by the Romans following the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

Boneta joins the Chilean-born Cote De Pablo, who was cast as one of the four Jewish women last month.

The Dovekeepers is being produced for CBS by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who had a huge success last year with The Bible and again this year with its big-screen spin-off, Son of God. All this casting news for The Dovekeepers gets me wondering… when will we hear any casting news for A.D., the follow-up to The Bible that Burnett and Downey are producing for NBC?

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: new photos, some hints about Ramses’ mother, and the international release dates

exodus-ew-fall-1-aOh, look, it’s another picture of Christian Bale in blue armour surrounded by clashing armies.

Many of the images released so far for Exodus: Gods and Kings — see here, here, here and here — have revolved around an opening sequence in which Moses and Ramses are sent by the Pharaoh Seti to lead the Egyptian army into battle against the Hittites. That trend continues with a new photo that appears in Entertainment Weekly’s fall movie preview: once again — but from a new angle! — we see Moses wielding his bow and arrow as the battle rages around him.

The preview also gives us a new look at Sigourney Weaver’s Queen Tuya — and the accompanying write-up seems to drop a hint or two about the role that she will play within the film. Check ’em out below the jump.

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