Ridley Scott is working on a new Biblical epic based on the Old Testament called “Exodus” and the latest rumors have Scott eyeing Christian Bale for the role of Moses. This is one of two movies in the works based on the historical character of Moses, the other called “Gods and Kings.” However, with Steven Spielberg backing out of that second movie, and Ang Lee being looked at for the new directorial position, it looks like “Exodus” might end up getting the jump in this race for the big screen.
If Christian Bale takes on the role of Moses in “Exodus,” he joins a number of fantastic actors who reinvented how Biblical characters look.
The most famous depiction of Moses came in the movie “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston starring as the Biblical prophet. The movie showed his rise to glory, saved as an infant, adopted by the daughter of the pharaoh, only to find himself cast out to rise to become the most important prophet of his time. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille in his last movie, Heston become a star thanks to this amazing performance.
Martin Scorsese directed what he hoped to be a genuine depiction of the death of Jesus Christ and the final temptations delivered to him by Satan in “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Unfortunately, he ended up facing the wrath of religious groups who misinterpreted the temptations to be depictions of what really happened and protested the film. Willem Defoe took on the role of Jesus Christ in the movie, and showed the Son of God as someone facing great challenges, yet overcoming them to save the world.
In a lighter depiction of the greatest religious figure of them all, Morgan Freeman portrayed God in the comedy “Bruce Almighty.” The movie was a satire based around the story of Noah’s Ark, as Jim Carrey’s newsman ends up with the power of God, where everything he wishes comes true. However, he also has the responsibilities of God when everyone’s prayers start coming to him. Morgan Freeman plays God, who teaches Carrey’s character valuable lessons about life.
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