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Could Game of Thrones’ Jaime Lannister Play One of the Gods of Egypt?


Insert joke about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau already being a god here. The Game of Thrones actor is in negotiations to star in Summit Entertainment’s Gods of Egypt. But which one would he play? 

This is actually the first I’ve heard of this movie set to be directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot) with a screenplay from Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. The Wrap gives this description and possible role for Coster-Waldau:

“Gods of Egypt” is set in ancient Egypt against the legendary world of great pyramids and sphinxes. Coster-Waldau would play Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris.

I’m being reminded of the French film Immortal which featured the Egyptian gods ruling over humans in the future. It also featured the gods with their animals heads and I have to admit, I’m really hope they go that route here. I also hope there’s some actual Egyptian actors starring in this film about Egypt.

(via The Wrap)

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  • http://felizacasano.com/ Feliza

    It would be really cool if actual Egyptian people were in a movie about Egyptian gods.

  • Anonymous

    Ever hear Neil Gaiman’s story about how he almost had a movie deal for Anansi Boys, and walked away when he found out the studio wanted to put a bunch of white people in it? A story ABOUT WEST AFRICAN GODS and their descendant?

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Haha, you wrote almost exactly what I did in the post. :)

  • http://mordicai.livejournal.com Mordicai

    Given that Ancient Egyptians seem to have been a big genetics crossroad (source), I’d also accept a diverse cast of non-white people. Okay, some people of southern European ancestry would maybe be okay.

  • Brian

    “But which one would he play? ”

    The Danish one?

  • Anonymous

    Ummm, can you say whitewashing??

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    Do I think he would play a good role? Most likely.

    Do I think that him playing a good role means that they should cast a white guy as an Egyptian god? Nope.

  • Robin S

    Much love to Nikolaj, but he’s pretty much the whitest dude ever. If he cameos as a Greek god, I could see it, or a Norse one. But an Egyptian god? C’mon.

  • Canisa

    Hm. English nobleman? Yeah, that makes sense. Egyptian God? No, that’s ridiculous.

  • John W

    No more complaints about Elba playing a Norse god.

  • sukeban

    Marvel’s Asgardians are aliens, not gods. And anyway, Thor in Norse myth is supposed to be a bearded redhead, so Marvel’s Thor isn’t anywhere close to the Norse god in appearance either.

  • Jason Hunt

    If he’s got a whacking great bird head stuck on his shoulders how would you know what he is? Could you tell Karl Urban was even a Kiwi Karl Urban in Judge Dread?

  • Anonymous

    I foresee another “Immortals” here. A movie full of sexy men
    that is still kinda boring to watch. I hate when Hollywood insists on ruining
    my favourite stories :(

  • Anonymous

    Wow the white washing of history continues, to have a white actor play a black god In a world were people particularly whites say there no longer is racism is frankly very laughable. Osiris (Asar), Isis (Aset), Horus (Horu) and Ra were all black gods in fact the Ancient Egyptians from Namer of dynasty 1 to Taharka of dynasty 25 were undeniably and unequivocally black African. Therefore having anyone of European or even Semitic descent play them in a film is inaccurate and arrogant. Non Africans only came to Egypt in large numbers after the Greek invasion.

  • Lets be real here

    This is Horrible. I love him as Jaime, but I am sooo tired of movies about Ancient Egypt with absolutely no one in them that looks like they did. We have DNA evidence now, stop white washing history, people want the truth now.

    DNA Evidence:
    http://www.dnatribes.com/dnatribes-digest-2013-02-01.pdf

    http://www.dnatribes.com/dnatribes-digest-2012-01-01.pdf

    Petition:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/danish-actor-to-play-egyptian-god-ra-stop-artistic-team-behind-the-gods-of-egypt-from-holding-an-all-white-cast#

  • Lets be real here

    DNA Evidence proves that Egypt was diluted until after the 20th something dynasty. Before that they were all African. Ancient Egyptians were African, the admixtures happened towards the end.

    http://www.dnatribes.com/dnatribes-digest-2012-01-01.pdf
    http://www.dnatribes.com/dnatribes-digest-2013-02-01.pdf

  • Lets be real here

    Well honestly…”White” people at the time were not a part of Egypt. They DNA tested the mummies, they are conclusively African. Less than 3% Eurasian DNA. The Ancient Egyptians were identical with what we now identify as “Sub-Saharan African”

    http://www.dnatribes.com/dnatribes-digest-2013-02-01.pdf

    http://www.dnatribes.com/dnatribes-digest-2012-01-01.pdf

  • Ashe

    Yep. And White America could care less.

  • Ashe

    Yep. And White America could care less.

  • Ashe

    Yep. And White America could care less.

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    this summer, bernie mac is, queen elizabeth 1, in praise your white gods

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    hulk hogan is martin luther king

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    george the animal steele is…..frederick douglass, have you worshipped your white gods lately

  • Ashe

    Statistically, it usually isn’t. Nonetheless, it’s the demographic overwhelmingly catered to.