If you’re anything like us here at Cinema Blend, half the fun of watching the Super Bowl will be all of the major movie trailers that will drop. From Batman V Superman, to Captain America: Civil War, we can’t help but feel more than a little giddy about what we’re going to see tomorrow. Perhaps feeling a little trigger happy, Lionsgate decided to jump the gun a bit and drop their Super Bowl trailer for Gods of Egypt a day early. Check out the brief one minute long trailer below and see the glorious Egyptian action for yourself:
The latest trailer for the film has dropped early courtesy of Lionsgate. It plays a familiar tune, framing the story as a conflict between two gods battling for power in ancient Egypt. After being defeated and banished by the villainous Set (Gerard Butler), powerful Egyptian god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) returns to do battle with his longtime enemy and claim his rightful place on the throne of Egypt. Overall, the film seems to possess numerous CGI action set pieces that endeavor to portray ancient Egypt as a mystical locale where gods and men cohabitated and did battle with one another. The film more or less sees Butler playing the exact opposite tune to his famous role in Zack Snyder’s 300, this time portraying a character completely intent on enslaving and ruling over a mighty and ancient civilization.

While not the biggest or most highly anticipated action epic of 2016, Gods of Egypt has managed to garner numerous headiness, although not for the best of reasons. Despite taking place in ancient Egypt, most of the principal cast is comprised of Caucasian actors, leading many to level accusations of white washing against the film. While these claims certainly have a degree of merit (practically no one in the film actually looks Egyptian) the film clearly isn’t going for complete historical authenticity. We’re no historians, but we feel fairly confident asserting that ancient Egypt was not actually populated by giant CGI gods who did battle with one another in the sky. Still, during an age where race, ethnicity, and culture appropriation have become major issues that people discuss when it comes to the release of major motion pictures, topics such as these deserve our attention.

In addition to Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the film also stars Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Rufus Sewell, and Geoffrey Rush. Check out the trailer above to see more of Gods of Egypt for yourself. The trailer will air on television sometime during the Super Bowl tomorrow, and the film will hit theaters on February 26. As always, be sure to keep up with Cinema Blend to get the latest and greatest regarding all major upcoming film releases.

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