Based on the people and companies involved behind the scenes, it certainly seems like we should know what to expect from Gods of Egypt: an Egyptian mythology flavored Clash of the Titans look-alike. And while we’re a ways from any trailer or photos to confirm or disprove that notion, the project remains quite interesting due to its casting. A couple weeks ago we reported that Gerard Butler (300) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had joined the project (antagonizing god Set and demigot Horus, respectively), but since then Geoffrey Rush has also joined the project, and today Brenton Thwaites has come on board as well.
Rush is taking on the role of Ra, Egyptian god of the sun and supposed creator of mankind. Ra, who stands outside the main storyline of a conflict between Set and Osiris, figures to be mediator of sorts, and likely not a major player in the proceedings. That said, we certainly hope Rush’s considerable talents aren’t squandered on too minor a role.
Thwaites, meanwhile, will be playing a disinterested human thief named Bek whom Horus enlists in an attempt to visit revenge upon Set for killing his father, Osiris. Bek initially cares little for Horus’s plight, but throws himself behind the endeavor after learning his love interest has been cursed by Set.
Thwaites has been in the news lately for his leading role in The Giver, but audiences should get ready to see him on their movie screens – and often. Horror film Oculus figures to be the first in the line; it screened at last month’s Toronto Film Festival and already has distribution through Relativity Media, though a release date has not yet been announced. In post-production are four movies starring Thwaites: sci-fi thriller The Signal, Aussie crime pic Son of a Gun, Disney’s Maleficent, and Helen Hunt’s family drama Ride. All four, along with (most likely) Oculus, are expected to see theatrical release sometime in 2014. Maleficent set for May 30 and Ride expected sometime in November.
Gods of Egypt seems to be moving forward quickly, so expect production to begin early next year.