Ridley Scott Explains Why He Made 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' in New Featurette

Twentieth Century Fox

Release date: Dec. 12
Ridley Scott's religious epic stars Christian Bale as Moses, who leads the Hebrews out of Egypt. The pic will also star Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver.

The Biblical epic stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul

Why did Ridley Scott decide to tackle the story of Moses and the Israelites' journey out of Egypt in Exodus: Gods and Kings?

Aside from casting Christian Bale as the savior of 600,000 slaves in the Fox film, it was the intimidation of the venture that made it so appealing, said the director in a new featurette. "First of all, it's epic in scale, and second of all, the Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love."

Bale plays Moses opposite Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses. "I wanted to explore the complexity of his character, and I was stunned by the giant lifespan story and what he went through," Scott continued. "The idea that they were brothers an then rivals and later go to war with each other was very interesting."

Plus, the opportunity to play with plagues in 3D, and battle scenes where "4,000 [extras] be tiled and grown into 20,000," Scott said, "There's a beauty in the massive scale of it."

Exodus also stars Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley. The film hits theaters Dec. 12.

Watch the behind-the-scenes peek below:

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