Produced by: Basil Iwanyk, p.g.a.; Alex Proyas, p.g.a.
In this spectacular action-adventure, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek [Brenton Thwaites] undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] in an unlikely alliance against Set [Gerard Butler], the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes 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.
Summit Entertainment presents a Thunder Road Pictures / Mystery Clock Cinema production, an Alex Proyas Film
The power of ancient myths and the imagination of today’s most gifted storytellers have come together for the rousing action/fantasy/adventure Gods of Egypt, a grandly entertaining spectacle that transports audiences into a vivid universe of larger-than-life figures locked in epic battle.
Imagine a world carved from stone and gilt in gold. Visually futuristic, this realm conjures an alternate world where ancient gods live among mortals. This coexistence between beings existed so long as there was peace, but the trust between man and god has been shattered by hubris, jealousy and betrayal as the destruction of all creation dawns nears. Visionary director Alex Proyas has created an otherworldly Egypt, beyond time and history, in which moviegoers voyage through dazzling cityscapes, mythological characters, and epic heroism in this pulse-pounding, fantasy action-adventure. Proyas envisions a completely unique, one-of-a-kind world by combining the timeless art of storytelling and the latest in digital cinema technology.
Writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless sought to give audiences a thrilling, elaborate adventure that is part homage, part invention and fully inhabitable as a transporting experience. Using the Osiris myth as a blueprint – Gods of Egypt re-imagines the tale of the sun god Ra, his vengeful son Set and Ra’s dutiful grandson Horus, folding several classical narratives into one adrenaline-pumped film following the journey of a mischievous mortal who joins forces with a fallen god to save all of creation from chaos and tyranny.
Bringing to life a complex array of fictional characters, Gods of Egypt is an original story unlike anything viewers have seen.
Creating the luxurious, fantastical world of Gods of Egypt required contributions from across the globe. Though filming primarily took place at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, the filmmakers occasionally incorporated the surrounding setting of Sydney’s Centennial Parklands into the eye-popping cinematic landscape. A truly international production, Gods of Egypt is a collaborative feature drawing creative and technical teams from around the world. The film’s stunningly visual experience, intricate special effects and detailed setting are the result of some of the industries most talented artists including Australia’s Iloura and Rising Sun Pictures as well as cutting edge VFX, animation and design companies from the United States, Tippett Studios, who assisted in stop-motion and computer generated animation; and Aaron Sims Company, who played a key role in character design. Montreal’s RODEO FX participated as well, providing valuable expertise in creating environments.
WHO’S WHO: GODS AMONG MORTALS
RA [Geoffrey Rush]: Father of Osiris and Set, Ra is the Lord of Light and the Cosmos. It is his duty to pull the sun over mythological Egypt at the end of each day. As he does so, he passes into the chaos of the underworld where he fights the demon Apophis. After he beats Apophis back each night, Ra returns to the living world bringing with him the light of a new day. Ra is the creator of this world and its ultimate guardian. He possesses insight beyond any living god or mortal, and views the gift of life as a lesson and a journey. In his eyes, both Osiris and Set were equal.
Ra’s deity, while humble and duty-driven, is the most powerful and dominant god standing nearly 20ft tall in his enhanced form and wielding a spear as his weapon.
Set [Gerard Butler]: Son of Ra and god of the Desert, Set is plagued by jealousy. In Set’s eyes, his father apparently favors his brother Osiris, the God of Nature and Life, who is deemed to be a wise ruler and merciful facilitator of human souls into the Afterlife. Set believes that mortals are dispensable and far inferior to the gods. Set puts his pursuit of power, authority and material wealth above all else.
Set’s deity is an armored jackal-creature, and his weapon is his sceptre.
Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau]: Horus is the Lord of the Air. While his ego is initially inflated by his status as a god, through his association with Bek, Horus slowly learns to respect mortals, and even develops a liking of them. It’s a change of heart he’ll need if he’s going to avenge the death of his father Osiris and retake the throne from the usurper Set.
Horus’ deity is a winged and armored form with a falcon-shaped head. His power resides in his eyes.
Hathor [Elodie Yung]:Goddess of Love, Music and Alcohol, Hathor is desirable to everyone who lays eyes on her. Once known as the Mistress of the West, Hathor was responsible for guiding souls to the Afterlife.
Hathor wears the Bracelet of Forty-Two Stars to keep the demons of the dark realm of chaos from pursuing her.
Thoth [Chadwick Boseman]: The god of Wisdom, Thoth possesses the entire world’s knowledge. While Thoth is a genius, he is very self-aware of this fact and uses it to undermine others. His ego is also largely tied up in his perceived intellect. Thoth struggles to trust anyone other than himself, a problem which he has overcome by creating hundreds of automatons, all identical to him.
Thoth’s deity is an ibis and his intellectual prowess is unmatched.
Astarte [Abbey Lee] and Anat [Yaya Deng]: Two goddesses of war, Astarte and Anat are both beautiful and brutal. They command and ride two enormous serpents (Anat’s is black, and Astarte’s is white) whose venom burns like liquid fire.