Sigourney Weaver is set to join the cast of Exodus. Weaver will reteam with direct Ridley Scott for 20th Century Fox’s tentpole Exodus. Weaver, who launched her film career in Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien, has signed on to play Tuya, mother of Ramses (Joel Edgerton). Christian Bale will star as Moses in the Biblical epic, which is scheduled to begin shooting in September in Spain, Morocco, and England.
Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Aaaron Paul is in negotiations to play a supporting role as a Hebrew slave named Joshua. Paul’s character leads the people into the promised land after Moses. John Turturro has also signed on to play the husband of Weaver’s character, Seti.
Peter Cherin, who bought the project as a pitch, is producing alongside Ridley Scott. Steven Zaillian wrote the current draft, while Adam Cooper and Bill Collage have penned previous versions of the script. Both Chernin and Scott are based at Fox, as is Zaillian and Garrett Basch’s Film Rites.
Ben Kingsley is also in talks to play a Hebrew scholar and is expected to close the deal. Many of the smaller roles will be Spanish local hires.
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Weaver just finished her run in the Tony-winning Broadway play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The three-time Oscar nominee is a favorite of the studio as well, having starred in Fox’s Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time.
The film has a tentative release date of December 12, 2014.
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