Geoffrey Rush Joins GODS OF EGYPT as 'Ra'
Geoffrey Rush, Gods of Egypt, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Alex Proyas, Summit
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Geoffrey Rush has signed on to join Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler in the upcoming fantasy feature GODS OF EGYPT, directed by Alex Proyas for Summit. Proyas is writing the script with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazamat.
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The story follows the god Set (Butler) who kills another god Osiris. Osiris' son Horus (Coster-Waldau) then attempts revenge but fails, losing an eye in the process. In the end, a mortal thief will help destroy Horus.
Rush will play Ra, the sun god and father of Set and Osiris.
Rush is well known for his portrayal of 'Barbossa' in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He will next be seen in The Book Thief, which hits theaters November 15. Other recent film credits include The Eye of the Storm, Green Lantern, The Warrior's Way, The King's Speech, Bran Nue Dae, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and more.
Rush acted for many years with the QTC, starring in The Marriage of Figaro and many Shakespeare plays. Rush made his Broadway debut in 2009's Exit the King, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. In 2010, the actor starred in the Australian tour of The Drowsy Chaperone -- the upcoming film version of the musical featuring Rush is set to begin production in 2014. In 2011, Rush starred in The Diary of a Madman at BAM, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
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