20th Century Fox have this week released the teaser trailer for their upcoming biblical fantasy motion picture Exodus: Gods and Kings. Starring The Dark Knight Rises' Christian Bale, The Great Gatsby's Joel Edgerton and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, the much-anticipated follow-up to Noah and prequel to The Passion of the Christ (apologies, the opportunity to partake in some Bible-themed structural tomfoolery was impossible to resist) will loosely depict the life and times of Moses, the Old Testament figure who famously freed countless Israelites from Egypt and parted the Red Sea in the process.
Although the latter event is of course ripe for fantastical adaptation on the big-screen (and indeed, with blockbusters such as Alien and Prometheus under his belt, director Ridley Scott seems as worthy a choice as any to oversee the set-piece), the teaser suggests that more than a few liberties have been taken so as to ensure that the flick risks stepping on as few metaphorical toes as possible. Odds are that there'll still be some who take offence come its release (and odds are that said critics won't even have seen the film before launching an all manner of semi-professional obscenities in its direction), yet you have to at least respect Scott for taking a careful approach when it comes to entering such controversy-baiting filmic territory, even if the piece as a whole doesn't currently appear to represent one of his more audacious projects.
Exodus: Gods and Kings leads its rescued hordes into cinemas worldwide on December 12th.