There’s a new film being developed by Alex Proyas entitled Gods of Egypt. According to Slash Film, the flick is about a common thief who gets caught up in a feud between the gods.
That’s all well and good and should be a great opportunity to highlight a very interesting and rich cultural history, however there’s a hitch–all of the actors who have been cast to play the gods are white: Gerard Butler as Set, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, and Geoffrey Rush as Ra.
Some people may read this and think,”So what?”, but I feel it’s important to claim our history as Black people. Egypt has long been a racially ambiguous zone in TV and film. The fact that Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra still stings. Cast a spectrum of brown hues if you want, but understand that Egyptians aren’t now and never have been white. One look at the drawings in the pyramids can confirm that.
There is now a petition on Change.org to combat this casting. Thorne Studios, the author of the petition, pleads its case: