When the cast of Exodus: Gods and Kings was coming together a few years ago, some fans started to complain that this Biblical re-telling of Moses' story was happening with all white actors, which include Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul. While we still have a few weeks left until this epic adventure hits theaters, it remains to be seen if the caucasian cast will be criticized even more. When asked about the "whitewashing" in an interview with Variety, director Ridley Scott revealed that he never even considered hiring non-white actors, claiming that his movie would never get financed.
"I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up."
This is not the first time a Biblical movie has used a predominantly caucasian cast, with other examples including the 1956 classic The Ten Commandments and more contemporary projects such as The Passion of the Christ and this year's Noah. Despite the historical implications and the setting demanding more ethnically-diverse actors, Exodus: Gods and Kings's cast features big box office draws like the former Batman himself, Christian Bale. It's also worth noting that there have been movies featuring ethnic casts which have performed well lately. Life of Pi, which starred little-known Suraj Sharma, earned over $600 million worldwide on a $120 million production budget.