Chadwick Boseman has booked a role in Alex Proyas’ period epic “Gods Of Egypt,” which Summit Entertainment will release on Feb. 12, 2016.
The “42” star, has signed up to play Thoth, the god of wisdom, moon and other things. He was the inventor of writing who announced and wrote down the judgments of the dead. Thoth is often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis, or a baboon.
Boseman joins Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, and Courtney Eaton. The action-adventure pic was co-penned by Proyas, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
The film is based on ancient Egyptian mythology, but judging by the casting, it’s safe to expect all kinds of liberties will be taken with the real stories.
The synopsis for “Gods Of Egypt” reads:
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“Magic, monsters, gods, and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the lush Nile River Valley in this sweeping action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero undertakes 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 the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against the evil overlord. 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.”