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Game of Thrones Star Joins Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt

The Kingslayer isn’t the likeliest bet to sit atop the Iron Throne of Westeros when all is said and done on Game of Thrones, but becoming an Egyptian God isn’t a bad consolation prize.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the charismatic and arrogant swordsman Jaime Lannister on hit HBO drama, has landed the lead in Gods of Egypt. Directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City and I, Robot) for Summit Entertainment, it’s described as an “epic fantasy movie” set amongst the “great pyramids and sphinxes” of ancient Egypt.

According to The Wrap, Coster-Waldau would star in Gods of Egypt as Horus, the god of the sky. He teams up with Hathor, the goddess of love, as well as a human thief, on a quest to avenge the death of his father Osiris.



    White people…

  • Elizabeth Freeman

    So did the casting crew even call up Idris Elba?

  • Alex H

    To play devils advocate here, casting Elba isn’t really any more congruous than casting Coster-Waldau, the former’s ancestral Ghana/Sierra Leone being on a similar scale of distance from Egypt as the latter’s native Denmark, equally as much as they are both pretty equidistant from an Egyptian complexion.

    If you are going to cast an Egyptian role, there will be some good actors of North African or Arabic origin somewhere about if you look for them…

  • Jimmy Russell

    This is a disgrace, white people should not be playing black/african characters, I bet the director is a nazi or some sort of german

  • CudaBiro

    Par for the course in Hollywood.

  • mel

    At least Sierra Leone is on the same continent.

  • Alex H

    In relation to the concept that neither is accurate casting, I don’t see that as relevant – I’d argue that, say, someone from Greece, Turkey, Italy or Spain would be more accurate (as a fellow inhabitant of the Mediterranean with similar complexion) than someone from Sub Saharan Africa. For a bit of a demonstration, here is a picture from Tutankamun’s tomb:

  • NOT OK

    Yes, because Idris Elba looks just like a Norse god (i.e. the part he played in Thor 1 & 2).
    Apparently colour-blind casting only works one way for you hypocritical bigots.

  • NOT OK

    Why does Idris Elba (a fine black actor) play a Norse god in the two Thor films? Could it be political correctness bs?

  • Jimmy Russell

    Black actors playing white characters is fine, but white actors shouldnt be allowed to play black characters because of white privilege.

  • NOT OK

    Ah in other words you’re a bigoted hypocrite and anti-white racist.

  • G

    The inhabitants of West Africa today were once in East Africa.

  • G

    The lighter skinned Egyptian represents Egypt at a much later period, Hyksos, and then later the Arabs etc, so Egypt at later periods doesn’t represent Egypt in 3000 B.C.

  • G

    Hyksos and Arabs invaded Egypt, so how could they already be there, and thus justify casting characters that look like them?