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Christian Bale As Action-Star Moses, and Other New Stills from Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 2, 2014 at 10:54AM

Why yes, that is Christian Bale you see in that photo, riding his valiant steed into battle as...Moses, the biblical figure who led the Israelites out of slavery of Egypt and through the desert for 40 years.
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Christian Bale (Exodus)
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Why yes, that is Christian Bale you see in that photo, riding his valiant steed into battle as...Moses, the biblical figure who led the Israelites out of slavery of Egypt and through the desert for 40 years.

It's not what usually comes to mind when you think of Judaism's most famous prophet.  But for his newest film, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," Ridley Scott has rounded up a remarkable cast, including Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Aaron Paul, to bring the biblical story to the big-screen in what looks like the most epic way possible.

"What I thought I knew about Moses I didn’t really,” Scott told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. "Either I wasn’t paying attention in Sunday school or I had forgotten. I was knocked out by who he was and the basics of the story—it has to be one of the greatest adventures and spiritual experiences that could ever have been."

Not surprisingly, Bale did worry about filming a new take on a character for which there is already one iconic entry in the American canon.  As he put it to EW, "Charlton Heston does Charlton Heston better than anyone."

After the jump, take a look at a few more stills from EW's piece on "Exodus: Gods and Kings," which is set for a December 12 release date--i.e., right at the start of awards season.


This article is related to: Christian Bale, Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, Entertainment Weekly


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.