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For those not living under rocks on the other end of the galaxy, HBO’s Game of Thrones will soon be airing its third season finale, after last week’s episode took the Internet by bloody storm. (No spoilers.) One of the show’s stars, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is set to take over Hollywood in much the same way.
The Wrap reports Coster-Waldau is currently in talks to join Summit Entertainment’s Gods of Egypt, the new epic fantasy from director Alex Proyas, the visionary director who gave the worldDark City and The Crow. An actor of Coster-Waldau’s build seems like a perfect fit for a movie about Egyptian gods. In the back of my mind, though, I thought the casting director would just hire everyone who works on any of the Starz series to fill these roles.
Gods of Egypt will take place in the ancient world of pyramids, sphinxes and legendary gods. Coster-Waldau would play sky god Horus, who joins Hathor, the goddess of love, and a human thief on a quest to avenge the death of Osiris, his father. We’re ignoring the fact that Proyas’ last film was 2009 batshit crazy Knowing, and hoping for the best with this one.
Perhaps if we were basing things on Game of Thrones alone there would be cause for debate, but after decent performances in both Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion and Andrés Muschietti’s Mama this year, we’re pretty much convinced that Coster-Waldau can lead something of this scale. He’ll be on something of a smaller level when he plays a cheating bastard in Nick Cassavetes’ The Other Woman opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, which will be coming soon.