More horses, more costumes, and more pictures of director Ridley Scott directing in Exodus: Gods and Kings

exodus-badtaste-2Another day, another batch of new photos from the set of Exodus: Gods and Kings. And would it surprise you to learn that most of them consist of variations on themes that have already been covered by the other photos that have been released over the last few months? No, didn’t think so. So what we have are more pictures of Moses and Ramses riding chariots and sitting around in Egyptian palaces, a new photo of Maria Valverde modeling Zipporah’s wedding jewelry, and more pictures of director Ridley Scott pointing at things and talking to his actors. Check them all out below the jump.

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Our first look at the Genesis-themed The Red Tent

redtent-ew-aThe Red Tent — the adaptation of the Anita Diamant novel that tells the biblical story of Jacob and Joseph from the perspective of Jacob’s wives and daughter Dinah — now has an airdate. Entertainment Weekly reports that the two-part miniseries will be shown on the Lifetime network December 7 and 8.

That’s right in the thick of the Exodus: Gods and Kings rollout (it opens overseas the week before that, and it opens in North America the week after that). And, as it happens, both films will feature Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass as a royal figure of some sort. In Exodus, she plays Bithiah, the Egyptian princess who adopts Moses, while in The Red Tent, she plays Re-Nefer, the queen of Shechem.

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Is Cliff Curtis playing Jesus in Clavius?

cliffcurtis-keishacastlehughesThe father becomes the son…

Twelve years ago, Cliff Curtis played the father of Keisha Castle-Hughes in the acclaimed film Whale Rider.

Four years later, Castle-Hughes played the Virgin Mary in The Nativity Story.

Now comes word that Curtis may — may — be playing Mary’s son Jesus in Clavius, in which a Roman centurion investigates reports of the Resurrection.

It’s all speculation at this point. But Thompson on Hollywood, speaking to Curtis about another film at the Toronto film festival, mentions that Curtis is something of a method actor, and that he refuses to talk during interviews right now (though he will gesture with his hands and write notes on his laptop) because he is currently playing “a man of God … who speaks only of God,” in Curtis’s words.

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Morgan Freeman to play an Arab sheikh in Ben-Hur?

MorganFreemanRecent Bible epics like Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings have been dogged by controversy for casting white actors in all the main roles — or at least in the most prominent roles. The makers of the newest version of Ben-Hur, however, may have steered clear of all that by announcing today that the first actor to sign on for the movie is none other than Morgan Freeman.

Deadline reports that Freeman will play “Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion caliber chariot racer.” Presumably the name “Ildarin” is a variation on “Ilderim”, which was the name of the Arab sheikh who sponsored Ben-Hur’s chariots in the original novel. In the 1959 film, he was played by Hugh Griffith, a Welsh actor in dark make-up who won an Oscar for his performance. In the 2010 mini-series, he was played by Art Malik, who hails from Pakistan.

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Moses joins the Bar Kokhba revolt, and other anachronisms in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings

exodus-yahoo-4Yesterday, 20th Century Fox released a new featurette on the locations for Exodus: Gods and Kings. Among other things, it contained one never-before-seen shot from the film, of Moses secretly visiting with Joshua’s father Nun and some other “Hebrew scholars”.

Today, a sharp-eyed reader pointed out to me that there is an engraving behind Nun in this newly-revealed shot, and that the engraving seems to be based on a coin that was minted by Jewish rebels during the Bar Kokhba revolt — a war against the Romans that was waged about 1,400 years after the events of this film. The engraving even seems to include the letters that spell Bar Kokhba’s first name, Shim’on:
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Check out the Exodus locations in a new featurette

vlcsnap-2014-09-10-10h30m12s100Another week, another Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette.

Last week’s was about “The World” of the film. This week’s is about the “Locations” where they shot the film, including Pinewood Studios in London, Almeria in Spain, and the Canary Islands.

Along the way, the featurette does seem to include one shot from the actual film that we have not seen before. You can check it out below the jump.

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