Aside from Christian Bale’s psychoanalysis of Moses, the most controversial aspect about Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is that for a film set in ancient Egypt, it boasts a surprisingly caucasian cast including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul. The film does boast a handful of actors of color like Ben Kingsley, Dar Salim and Indira Varm in smaller roles.
In a new Variety profile piece on 76-year-old Scott about the film, he was asked about the issue and revealed that he never even considered hiring non-white actors for the film. Why? Financing:
“I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”
Biblical films have generally used predominantly caucasian casts in the past, from “The Ten Commandments” to “The Passion of the Christ” to “Noah” earlier this year.
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” hits cinemas on December 12th.