ByEvan Lee, writer at
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I've decided to create my own casting for Exodus: Gods and Kings, and I'm well aware that this casting wouldn't really happen (It's just for fun). I'm going to prove it's not that hard to cast people for a movie based in ancient Egypt, especially in a time that wouldn't have any Arabic or European influences. My fan cast will include actors, from the past and present to create my dream Exodus movie.

Let's go!

Director: Terrence Malick

If you're wondering who in the hell is this bald headed-old man, and where's Steve McQueen? You know the guy that directed 12 Years A Slave! I truly enjoyed the directing skills of Mr. McQueen, but my gut instincts tell me Terrence Malick is the way to go for a project like this. Malick has an impressive résumé with movies like The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The New World. All five films are fantastic and they all have a similar theme that matches the story of Exodus. From romance, drama, action, history and fantasy. I believe Terrence Malick could really capture the in-depth, conflicting relationship between two brothers - Moses and Rameses.


Writer & Co-Director: Francis Ford Coppola

writer & director of Apocalypse Now
writer & director of Apocalypse Now

I might as well have Francis Coppola as the director or co-director of this movie. If you don't recognize his name, you will after this article - Mr. Coppola has both written/directed world renowned films like Apocalypse Now, The Godfather part 1 (2 and 3), Bram Stoker's Dracula, and The Conversation. I chose him as the writer because he has written some of the best screenplays ever. His talent as both director and writer really shows in the twisted Adventure/War-Drama, Apocalypse Now.


Pharaoh Seti I: Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick would be the perfect choice as Seti. He has the acting abilities and looks for the part as the father of Rameses and Moses. I've always found him as a talented actor since his days on the hit television series The Wire (2002-2008). It also helps to stand at 6' 4", which creates a strong presence and sense of leadership on the big screen.


Tuya: Eartha Kitt

There's no question that Eartha Kitt would've made a great Egyptian queen, especially as the strong, loving-kind mother of Moses. Eartha would play Queen Tuya a mother of two sons (one of blood and one adoptive), the wife of Pharaoh Seti I, the voice of reason and power. If you don't know anything about Eartha Kitt besides her role as Catwoman in the 1960's Batman television series then you're seriously missing out!

This woman was so wise and filled with so much knowledge and passion. Here's a clip from her 1982 documentary "All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story":


Rameses II: Sidney Poitier

One of the greatest actors of all time has to star in a big production like Exodus and play the main antagonist. Before everyone starts scratching their heads in confusion remember this is only a fan cast so I'm imagining a younger Sidney Poitier in this role. As Rameses II, Sidney would have to come starting out as a playful, compassionate and loving soul. Then over-time become an arrogant, rude, tyrant! It would be simply amazing seeing this man perform in such a powerful role.

Some people may assume that I'm giving Mr. Poitier the short end of the stick as the "villain" little do they know the role of Rameses is a very important role. In my opinion, he has the best character development of the transition of good to evil.

One of my favorite movies and favorite scene from a movie - "Amen!"


Moses: Harry Belafonte

This was a difficult decision for me, but I stuck with my gut feeling and went old school. I'm not entirely sure if Harry Belafonte was greatly known for his acting abilities, but I do know the man was a heavily involved activist and a charming entertainer. When it comes to acting I think of him as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Why? Because it seemed like whatever film he was in you always wanted to see it no matter what, just because the guy was so likeable and charismatic. Both Belafonte and Poitier would have fantastic chemistry as inseparable brothers and mortal enemies.

Harry Belafonte in The World, The Flesh and The Devil - Haircut Scene


Miriam: Nicole Ari Parker or Thandie Newton

Both women are underused actresses and I think they would do a good job playing as the sister of Moses. Beautiful, charming, intelligent and talented actresses for sure!

Quick scene from Boogie Nights featuring Nicole Ari & Don Cheadle - "Chocolate Love"

Thandie Newton - Embracing otherness, embracing myself


Aaron: Giancarlo Esposito

Even though both actresses for Miriam are younger than actor Giancarlo I still believe he's perfect as the younger brother of Miriam and older brother of Moses. He definitely needs a stronger push in Hollywood because a lot of directors and producers are missing out on this actor. Have you seen him in Breaking Bad?!


Tzipporah: Liya Kebede

Honestly, I don't know a whole lot about model/actress Liya Kebede besides seeing her in the movie Desert Flower which is a must see movie. From that one movie Liya did actually well and I would love to see her play the Ethiopian wife of Moses, Tzipporah. It also helps a whole lot when your actress is actually from Ethiopia! If she can keep playing more dramas I could see her in much larger films.

Desert Flower trailer (MUST WATCH) -


Jethro: Chiwetel Ejiofor

I'm sorry, but you should've seen this coming! Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the greatest actors of our generation. When I try to think of someone to play Tzipporah's father Chiwetel kept popping up in my head. He has the acting range to play the character, he can play a great leader and someone that's wise. With today's makeup in the movie business, it's easy to make a younger gentleman look older, so I'm not worried if Chiwetel would be too young for the part. I can't praise the man enough, I'm just saying you should be hip to his acting by now.

Damn he's good!


I hope you enjoyed my fan cast and maybe one day we'll see a great epic picture in Africa done right... Or make a film focusing on positive/famous black people from the past and present in America would be better!


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