Geoffrey Rush has closed a deal to join Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler in Summit’s epic fantasy Gods of Egypt. Alex Proyas (I, Robot) is directing the project. Gods of Egypt is a story set in motion when one ruling god, Set, kills another, Osiris. When Osiris’ son Horus fails in his attempt to get revenge, his eyes are plucked out. It is then up to a young human thief in love with a slave to help defeat the mad god.
Coster-Waldau is playing Horus. Gerard Butler is in talks to play Set, the god of the desert. Rush will play the sun god Ra, the father of Set and Osiris who is also Set’s ultimate target. It is unclear who will play the male human thief or his female love interest.
Proyas will share the screenwriting credits with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazmat. Basil Iwanyk will produce via his Thunder Road Productions banner along with Proyas and his Mystery Clock Cinema banner. Sharpless and Sazama are the minds behind Universal’s upcoming horror saga Dracula Untold.
There is no set shooting date but principal photography is looking to begin in the New Year in Australia. There is also no schedule release date for the project.
Rush has spent nearly a decade as the pirate Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean. He also stars in The Book Thief, the adaptation of the Markus Zusak novel, coming out in theaters November 15th. Coster-Waldau is best known for his work in Game of Thrones. Butler was most recently seen in Olympus Has Fallen.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter