MUMBAI: Joel Edgerton is in talks to star opposite
Christian Bale in Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus.
The actor, who cemented his in-demand status after
a series of high-profile roles including Zero Dark
Thirty and The Great Gatsby, would play the
Egyptian ruler Ramses in the 20th Century Fox film that
is moving toward a September start date. Bale is onboard
to portray Moses.
Exodus will shoot in Spain, Morocco and England.
The project had picked up steam earlier this year when
Steve Zaillian came aboard as scribe. Adam Cooper and
Bill Collage penned a previous draft.
Peter Chernin, who bought the project as a pitch, is
producing alongside Scott. Both Chernin and Scott are
based at Fox, as is Zaillian and Garrett Basch's film
Edgerton, whose credits include the critically acclaimed
crime drama Animal Kingdom, broke out in Gavin
O'Connor's 2011 MMA drama Warrior. He recently
stepped into O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun opposite Natalie
Portman. The Aussie actor also is onboard to star opposite
Michael Shannon in Jeff Nichols' sci-fi film Midnight
Special at Warner Bros.