Can Christian Bale do a good Moses? Charlton Heston was the right guy for the job, as was clear from the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille H’wood extravaganza “The Ten Commandments.” We think Bale will live up to the promise. He’s been attached to play Moses in Ridley Scott’s retelling of the story of the biblical hero, according to Deadline. The suggestion follows reports last week that Steven Spielberg has left rival Moses project Gods and Kings, with Oscar-winning Life of Pi director Ang Lee tipped to replace him.
Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is moving forward apace with its take on Moses, which is titled “Exodus,” as confusion surrounds the future of rival studio Warner Brothers’s proposed version. Bale is being lined up to star and Scott’s “American Gangster” screenwriter Steve Zaillian, a God among screenwriters, has signed on to do a rewrite. The U.S. blog says Scott could make it his next project as director after completing work on The Counselor, his forthcoming thriller based on novelist Cormac McCarthy’s debut screenplay.