Goodbye caped crusader, hello prophet! We’ve got an exclusive poster reveal of Bale playing Moses in director Ridley Scott’s Old Testament epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Bale’s armored warrior get-up is a far cry from the iconic beard-and-robe look sported by cinema’s most famous Moses, Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments. But that’s by design: One of Bale’s conditions for taking the role, he told Entertainment Weekly, was “no fake beards.”
“The biblical account of Moses is extraordinary, and there was lots of room for us to go to places that The Ten Commandments never dreamed of going,” the Oscar-winning actor told the magazine.
Scott’s all-star film tells the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, then under rule of the Pharaoh Ramses, played by an almost unrecognizable Joel Edgerton shown above next to Bale and in the solo poster below. Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul are among the other actors who signed on to bring the ancient tale to life, shooting in the exotic locations of Almería, Spain, and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.
The director described the shoot as an intense experience — appropriate, given the source material. “What I thought I knew about Moses, I didn’t really,” Scott told EW. “Either I wasn’t paying attention in Sunday school or I had forgotten. I was knocked out by who he was and the basics of the story — it has to be one of the greatest adventures and spiritual experiences that could ever have been.”
Exodus: Gods and Kings continues the Biblical-epic trend that’s been sweeping theaters all year, beginning with Son of God in February and Noah in March. Exodus opens in theaters on Dec. 12.
Update: Watch the Red Sea part in the first official trailer, below!
Photo credits: 20th Century Fox