When God speaks to Christian Bale’s Moses in the film, it’s through a young boy played by Brit Isaac Andrews
As Paramount found this year with Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, films about biblical subjects can expose a studio to unwanted controversy. That’s especially true for stories about Moses, a figure of significance to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Now it’s Fox’s turn to grapple with sensitive depictions as Exodus: Gods and Kings opens Dec. 12.
Choosing a voice of God is an especially tricky proposition. When DreamWorks Animation made The Prince of Egypt in 1998, some at the studio considered a voice that would morph from man to woman to child, but they abandoned the idea as likely to generate backlash. The job went to Val Kilmer, who also played Moses.
In Exodus, director Ridley Scott has chosen various ways to convey God’s communication with Moses, played by Christian Bale. When God speaks directly to Moses, it is through a young boy, Malak, played by 11-year-old Brit Isaac Andrews.
“Sacred texts give no specific depiction of God, so for centuries artists and filmmakers have had to choose their own visual depiction,” Scott tells THR. “Malak exudes innocence and purity, and those two qualities are extremely powerful.”
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter