The casting for “Gods of Egypt” has been an issue since the roster was revealed. The selection of actors who will be playing the star roles is reportedly not diverse enough. Many have questioned why the main actors are white while the story of the plot centers on an African country.
The main cast are Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) who will be playing as Horus; Gerard Butler (“300”) as Set; Brenton Thwaites (“The Giver”) as Bek; and Geoffry Rush as Ra. There were rumors about casting Idris Elba and Lupita Nyong’o, who many believe are more suitable for the film, but that did not come to pass.
In a statement released by director Alex Proyas, as reported by Forbes, he apologized about the casting of the movie. He mentioned that there are complicated variables in choosing the cast and they should’ve been more diverse in their casting choices.
Movie outfit Lionsgate also gave their response to the issue, as quoted in the same article, “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.??”
The Egyptian inspired action-adventure movie represents the survival of mankind that hangs in the balance when a mortal hero, Bek, sets out to save the world and rescue his love from Set, the merciless God of Darkness. Set has taken the throne of Egypt and brings chaos to a once peaceful and prosperous empire. Since it would be impossible for just a few rebels to take down the God of Darkness, Bek seeks help and builds an alliance with the powerful god Horus in order to succeed. Gods and mortals are put to the test of courage. Magic with cool visual effects are expected of this movie.
It was filmed in Sydney, Australia. The film producers are Thunder Road Pictures and Mystery Rock Cinema and will be distributed exclusively by Summit Entertainment, a subsidiary of Lionsgate.
“Gods of Egypt” is set to hit cinemas on Feb. 12, 2016.