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Breaking Bible: Aaron Paul Joins Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Along With Ben Kingsley, John Turturro & Sigourney Weaver

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 27, 2013 4:48 PM
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Well this will certainly be a change of pace for actor we're used to seeing wearing a hoodie and saying "Bitch" more often and better than anyone. Ridley Scott's "Exodus" is ramping up its casting and has an interesting slate of names coming aboard.

Deadline reports that Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver (reteaming with her "Alien" and "1492: Conquest Of Paradise" director) are all on board the Bible flick that's already set to star Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton. Penned by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, with a rewrite from Steve Zaillian, the film is a new take on the life of Moses, one that will include his sibling style relationship with Ramses, and apparently a bit more Jesus Christ than previously seen too. As for this new batch, Weaver and Tuturro will play the parents of Ramses, with Kingsley as a scholar and Paul as Joshua, the man who leads the Israelites after the death of Moses into the promised land of Canaan (which Moses had sent Joshua to spy on first).

So yeah, this is certainly some... interesting... casting. Meanwhile, Paul is keeping busy. "Breaking Bad" is in the rearview, "Need For Speed" drops early next year and the actor is also keeping one foot in indie territory, recently revealing on his show's podcast that he's working on another flick.

"It's a film called 'Hellion,' it's the same producing team that did 'Take Shelter' and 'Mud' and it's their next project. It surrounds this family and this emotionally absent father who is trying to raise these two boys alone because he lost his wife in a tragic car accident a year before the story starts. It's a 10 year old and a 13 year old and I play the father trying to raise these two boys. The 13 year old misses his mom and doesn't really have a father because he's not there raising him so he's just a hellion. He's lighting cars on fire, completely out there and it looks like he's going to drag his younger brother down with him, this sweet young innocent boy. So the younger boy gets taken away and put into the system because the house that he's being raised in is just not a good place to be raised in. And the story is really a father desperately trying to get his boy back and tame his oldest son. It's a beautiful story."

The film is being directed by Kat Candler (her feature debut based on her own short), with Juliette Lewis in a supporting role. No word on when that might arrive, but "Exodus" lands on December 12, 2014.

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11 Comments

  • Miss Hellion | September 2, 2013 3:02 PMReply

    Kat Candler has directed a feature before called Jumping Off Bridges. Just a correction that Hellion is not her feature debut.

  • SR | August 27, 2013 7:42 PMReply

    Couldn't they get a cast of people who at least look Egyptian or Hebrew? So sad.

  • DC | August 28, 2013 9:30 PM

    Well nowadays many North Africans are white after all they are only separated from Europe by a sea. I only hope this isn't going to be a monochrome cast.....

  • Stee | August 28, 2013 12:43 AM

    And what did the Hebrews look like? They looked the same as modern Jews.

  • Ur mom | August 27, 2013 9:18 PM

    I agree. I prefer the cast of The Ten Commandments more.

  • Susan | August 27, 2013 5:59 PMReply

    Love Ridley, but I'm increasingly puzzled by this casting. Aren't there enough actors of color out there? You could cast this movie out of the extraordinary actors in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, for example.

  • Ziggy | August 27, 2013 6:10 PM

    Religious american housewives don't want to see people of color in their Bible films. I don't blame Ridley for wanting to work with the best talent Hollywood has to offer. And the studio isn't against this casting either since they just want to have big names in the film to sell it.

  • micguar | August 27, 2013 5:22 PMReply

    Interesting that not a single Jewish actor has been cast in this version of what may be the most important story in Judaism. And I don't buy a single one of these actors -- with the exception of Ben Kingsley -- as either a Middle Eastern Jew nor an Egyptian.

  • Hidden Truth | June 4, 2014 9:42 AM

    @Bee

    Those Hebrews on the Egyptian tomb walls look nothing like the so called "Jews" controlling Y'sra'el today. 92 percent of those so called " Jews" who occupy Y'sra'el today are proselytes.
    They are descendants of Yapheth (Japheth) Ashkenaz not Shem.(Revelations 2:9 & 3:9)
    Hence the name "Ashkenazi Jews" their origins can be traced back to Europe the Khazar Empire.

  • bee | August 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    Oh, please. Most ancient Jews were white. Egyptian drawings of them even show them as white, some with light hair and some with light eyes. Ben Kingsley isn't Jewish. He's half Indian, so by your logic he should be playing the Indian ambassador to Egypt.

  • caro | August 27, 2013 5:33 PM

    because you think the actors need to be Jewish to act in this movie???

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