Can “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” director Ridley Scott’s stab at the Book of Exodus and the Israelites’ escape from the land of Egypt, live up to “The Ten Commandments” in the cinematic imagination? We have our first clue, with the release Wednesday of the film’s first trailer. The 90-second clip features some action, some battle scenes and a complete and total lack of “Let my people go.” And judging by what we see here, the movie looks both more entertaining and somewhat more faithful to biblical conventions than that recent Russell Crowe/Darren Aronofsky business:
The film stars Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rhamses (the Pharoah) and Aaron Paul as Joshua, with Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and John Turturro rounding out the cast. Edgerton seems to be channeling equal parts Yul Brynner in “Ten Commandments” and Brando in “Apocalypse Now.”
The release date is December 12. And if you like it, there’s more where that came from: Variety reported Wednesday that Scott is looking to go back to the Old Testament for his next film, this time focusing on King David. There will be no crossover, though; David doesn’t surface until long after the Book of Exodus.