Joel Edgerton to Battle Christian Bale in ‘Exodus’

Ridley Scott directing Biblical epic

Joel Edgerton is headed to ancient Egypt to play Ramses opposite Christian Bale’s Moses in Fox’s Biblical tentpole “Exodus.”

Fox confirmed that the Australian actor, most recently seen in “The Great Gatsby,” is in talks to play the Egyptian Pharoah in the project with Ridley Scott directing.

Fox-based Peter Chernin is producing with Scott. Steve Zaillian has performed a rewrite on the script by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage.

Shooting is planned for September.

In the Book of Exodus, Moses was born as a Hebrew at a time when the Pharaoh had commanded that male Hebrew children be drowned. The infant Moses was set adrift on the Nile in a basket, rescued by the Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the royal family as a brother to the future Pharoah.

According to the Biblical story, the adult Moses was commanded by God to go to Egypt and deliver the Hebrews from bondage.

Edgerton stars in and wrote the script for Australian thriller “Felony,” which is screening at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. He is on board Warner Bros.’ science-fiction drama “Midnight Special” opposite Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst.

He’s repped by CAA.

News of Edgerton’s negotiations was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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