A few days ago, I saw pictures of Gerard Butler online looking noticeably buffer than usual… perhaps even more so than during his 300 days. At first, I didn’t really pay much attention to it because I didn’t really think that it was very important. After a couple of days, though, it struck something in me, and I, on a whim, decided to peruse his IMDB page to find out if he had any upcoming projects which perhaps needed the extra muscle. I am so glad that I followed my gut!
It turns out that Gerard Butler is currently filming a movie entitled: Gods of Egypt, which is scheduled to be released in 2016. Despite the long wait before the movie’s release, and, more importantly, the fact that the movie is still in the stages of filming, my body is so ready to see it! If it wasn’t already clear from any number of my previous posts, I am a major nerd! One particular area which piques my nerdtention is ancient mythology; Greek mythology is my absolute favourite, but Egyptian mythology isn’t very far behind.
IMDB lists the synopsis of Gods of Egypt as “A common thief joins a mythical god on a quest through Egypt.”
This isn’t particularly revealing, but what does that matter when all we need to know is that it involves Egyptian gods?! Gerard Butler plays the role of Set, the god of violence, storms and deserts. The “common thief” is played by Brenton Thwaites, and the god with whom he teams up is Horus, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. In Egyptian mythology, Set is Horus’ uncle, and the two are embroiled in a bitter war because Set killed and dismembered Horus’ father, Osiris, who also happens to be Set’s own brother. Naturally, there’s bound to be at least one huge fight scene included in Gods of Egypt between the two of them, full of special effects and CGI awesomeness!
Fun fact: Gerard Butler is playing alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in this movie, as I just mentioned. In 2006, Butler also co-starred with Lena Headey in the movie 300. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey currently co-star as the twin-couple Jaime and Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones. I almost physically exploded from the intense nerdgasm I just experienced while typing that out.
Gods of Egypt also reportedly stars Chadwick Boseman and Rufus Sewell as Thoth and Urshu respectively. In Egyptian mythology, Urshu wasn’t actually the name of a god, but rather a title given to a group of envoys of the gods, so I’m assuming that the writers of the movie have made a few changes. It is interesting to note also that in Egyptian lore, all the gods listed so far, though they had the bodies of men, are represented with the heads of animals. Considering all the beautiful actors that have been cast in these roles, this is obviously another change that will be made to the myths. The discovery of this movie gave me so much life that I’m more than willing to overlook anything that may not usually have sit right with me! My only hope is that Gods of Egypt isn’t half the mess that the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movies were (talk about ruining Greek mythology). I’m going to hold on to positivity, though, and believe that this movie is going to be everything I need it to be! Happy dance!
Pics Via Just Jared