‘Gods Of Egypt’ Director, Lionsgate Respond to Casting Controversy

CG-Filled Fantasy Film

In contrast to Ridley Scott who defended his Egypt-set epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings casting with some colorful comments about how non-white actors couldn’t be cast with his budget, director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate, the studio behind Gods of Egypt, have apologized for their movie whitewashing before it even hits theaters.

The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,” Proyas said in a statement obtained by Forbes. “I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”

Lionsgate came out with even stronger words in its own apology:

We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.​​”

The cast of CG-filled fantasy film includes Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Geoffrey Rush, Elodie Yung and Courtney Eaton. Gods of Egypt opens in theaters February 26th.  And don’t forget, that’s the least of this film’s problems.

Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against the evil overlord. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen take them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the spectacular final confrontation.