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‘Gods of Egypt’ Official Trailer Stars Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Alex Proyas, director of The Crow, Dark City, I, Robot, and The Knowing, has another crazy story for us: Gods of Egypt. From what we’re seeing in the official trailer just released, the movie is very loosely based on the ancient mythical conflict between Set, the Egyptian god of darkness, and Horus, Egypt’s patron god. As the legend goes, Set and Horus battle each other for dominion over Egypt, eventually splitting the land between them.

Apparently, that’s where the similarities end. Gods of Egypt‘s story begins when Set, the god of darkness, usurps Egypt’s throne and plunges the land into conflict and despair. Horus then teams up with a thief, a mere mortal, to challenge Set and his army to restore peace to Egypt.

The result is expectedly violent – the movie is CGI-heavy, filled with battles, explosions, fantastical flying suits with animal heads, giant snakes, and more. If you’re looking for something historical, then this isn’t the movie for you – Gods of Egypt is clearly, unabashedly a work of fiction that takes more than its fair share of liberties to deliver some pure entertainment.

Starring Gerard Butler (300, London Has Fallen) as Set, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) as Horus, and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) as the mortal thief Bek, Gods of Egypt will hit theaters on Feb 26, 2016.

Escape from reality for two minutes with the Gods of Egypt official trailer below, and be sure to catch it in cinemas in three months. Right now there’s a lot of commentary about Hollywood “whitewashing” Egypt and a lot of bashing about how the movie is NOT historical, but I’ll wager all that noise is precisely the “harsh reality” we all need to escape from once in a while.

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