I know my hubby Michael will love this movie. But there is already a bit of scandal around the film, that doesn’t open until February 26th.
When the trailer dropped earlier this month, critics denounced the casting of the film due to a huge lack of diversity. A movie titled “Gods of Egypt” had not one Egyptian cast in a major role.
The film’s studio responded to the criticism:
“We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed,” the studio said. “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 process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,” Proyas added. “I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
Michael and I enjoy these kinds of fantasy/action films, so I’m sure we’ll see it at some point. But I’m glad the idea of diversity was brought up here. You have to wonder if the idea of casting an Egyptian actor even came up during the casting process….?