MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Actress Nabs Female Lead In GODS OF EGYPT

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Actress Nabs Female Lead In GODS OF EGYPT

Up-and-coming Aussie actress Courtney Eaton will join Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites and Geoffrey Rush in Summit's fantasy adventure story in the female lead role of 'Zaya'. Read on for more details.

THR report that Cortney Eaton, who's only other big-screen role thus far is the still unreleased Mad Max: Fury Road, has landed the female lead role in Alex Proyas' Gods Of Egypt. She'll play 'Zaya', the slave girl who is cursed by 'Set' (Gerard Butler). This prompts Brenton Thwaites' character 'Bek' to fall in with 'Horus' (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in the hope that togther they can defeat Set and break the curse. Proyas wrote the script with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who are behind Universal’s upcoming horror saga Dracula Untold.
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DelTorite - 12/12/2013, 3:56 PM
Why the [frick] all these actors playing egyptian gods are white? Nikolaj is fricking danish lol
I hope they have at least those animal heads.
Reasonnnn - 12/12/2013, 3:57 PM
Gods are the new superheroes. I mean, the original superheroes?
REPOMAN - 12/12/2013, 4:00 PM

DelTorite - "Why the [frick] all these actors playing egyptian gods are white?"

So you know some Egyptian gods and what they really look like?

DelTorite - 12/12/2013, 4:03 PM
Yes, I just spoke with Horus and he said he isn't white I'm afraid....
JamesMan - 12/12/2013, 4:07 PM

So very true.
REPOMAN - 12/12/2013, 4:24 PM

DelTorite - "Yes, I just spoke with Horus and he said he isn't white I'm afraid...."

Really, you speak to pictorial fantasy figures?

You must be blind: Horus and Thoth both look very much lighter-skinned than the darker-skinned figures standing beside them. In fact the colouring of the tint matches Courtney Eaton's coloring quite well. Who'da thunk it?

InfiniteMonkey - 12/12/2013, 4:25 PM
Hahahahaha! I want to see all little people as Egyptian gods for once! Cast Peter Dinklage you twits! LOL
DukeAcureds - 12/12/2013, 4:31 PM
Who the hell is Zaya?!
Call me when the cast Isis.
Unless it's Gal fvcking Gadot.
JatevinM - 12/12/2013, 4:35 PM
You know what dont give me this bullshit about we dont know what the gods would look like when we know good and damn well we do. Egypt is in AFRICA and its safe to say that the people would imagine their gods looking like them and therefore this only actors cast to play these gods should be black actors. Hollywood has somehow found a way to yet again white-wash something that has nothing to do with white people in the least. People seem to not give a damn about the fact that the cast of this movie set in Africa is all white but when Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall you would've thought the world was about to end. This is some bullshit and I'm tired of Hollywood doing stuff like this.
Battabing - 12/12/2013, 4:38 PM
Yay! More white people portraying African gods!
REPOMAN - 12/12/2013, 4:53 PM

JatevinM - "You know what dont give me this bullshit about we dont know what the gods would look like when we know good and damn well we do. Egypt is in AFRICA and its safe to say that the people would imagine their gods looking like them and therefore this only actors cast to play these gods should be black actors."

More flawed 'logic'; have you seen their representations?

They imagined them with the heads of jackals, falcons and other animals and gave them skin-tints that varied from yellow to various shades of brown and red, so no, Egytians didn't exactly imagine their gods looking like them. They imagined them as being different.

Not that it matters now; they can look anyway people paying for the film want them to be, they're fictional characters with the powers of gods.

SuperCat - 12/12/2013, 5:04 PM
She can get it.
batcheeks8 - 12/12/2013, 5:08 PM
Why the lead female role in an adaptation of the Horus vs Set myth isn't Isis is beyond me but.. whatever.
DukeAcureds - 12/12/2013, 5:32 PM
@FlexXx@ Not until 2015. So it shouldn't have too much competition. Only Star Wars VII, Avengers 2 and Batman Vs. Superman.
A good year for such a film to come out, really. Y'know this was the first ever story to be performed theatrically, as near as we can figure. It was part of an ancient Egyptian religious ritual. They didn't really have much in the way of Special FX back then, o they just had slaves fight in the battle scenes and actually kill each other. Sacrifices to the gods of art, I suppose. Then came the DithyRambic Dionysia of ancient greece and the rest is theatrical history, right up to the present day, with the Silver Screen. So it's a big thing.
An the director's not too shabby, either. He is the epitomy of integrity. And he did some pretty fvcking classic cult movies:
The Crow; Dark City; I, Robot; Knowing.
The guy's good.
Believe it or not, I think this could own 2015.
DukeAcureds - 12/12/2013, 5:33 PM
Sorry to get ubergeeky, but then this is the place to do that, right?
TheOneAboveAll - 12/12/2013, 5:37 PM
Jaimie Lannister and King Leonadis together? That is awesome
RexBlazer1 - 12/12/2013, 5:37 PM
Shall I be brutally honest? Might as well since everybody else is. I honestly don't give a damn about who's skin color is what in the movies. Movies exist for our entertainment, always have, always will. What makes me invested in this movie is he fact that they're finally doing an Ancient Egypt-themed film that DOESN'T focus a mummy or Moses (got nothing against either, they've just been done a lot). As long as the actors and writers give us a good performance and great story, I could care less about race.
DarkSuperman - 12/12/2013, 6:00 PM
How about we just do what makes freaking sense and when casting gods of a specific geographical region we cast actors accordingly. If this was a samurai film you'd cast asians. So, should choose actors who look of African and Egyptian descent. I actually have Egyptian friends and they don't look anything like Gerard Butler or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

And I think white people should be a tad more sympathetic to other ethnicities and their desire to be represented accurately on a medium that will be seen throughout the world. But I understand how easy it is not to care about the woes of others when literally every major television show or movie has someone who looks like you. God forbid we show diversity, you know like life...
moviesrawesome - 12/12/2013, 6:16 PM
I'm boycotting this movie. Such bullshit. One black guy (Heimdall) plays a Norse God and everyone loses their minds. Not one black (light or dark skinned) actor cast in a movie about African Gods. What do you reckon would be the response if Wesley Snipes got cast to play Thor? Or Idris Elba to play Zeus? Nationwide riots.
Blastaar - 12/12/2013, 6:18 PM
This actress by far isnt Caucasian or"white". But she most defintely still does not fit description of Ancient female gods of Egypt.

@Repoman, the animal heads were symbolic of the "cult school of thought" that each particular diety represented(sort of like mascots). No the Ancient Egyptians(Kmtians)were not stupid enough to really think that their gods REALLY had animal heads. The people of that land's gods always were a reflection of themselves and vice versa when it comes to how they REALLY looked. Even the Pharoahs were considered gods and desendants if the gods. The skin colors like green were symbolic but their gods were Black Africans just like themselves. But some people want White people to be the gods because they dont want the world to know that Blacks created the cradle of civilization. Its so sad when some peopleareso bent on telling lies to make themselves seem superior when we're all one human race and none is better than the other.
moviesrawesome - 12/12/2013, 6:29 PM

Thanks for your honesty but you should give a damn. Hollywood has been white-washing history for decades now and it takes away from other races and their accomplishments. Kids grow up picturing Set and Horus as white guys and black kids grow up wondering what fantastical characters they can look up to. Remember John Wayne as Genghis Khan? At least back then they tried to make him look the part, however offensive the look was. Now friggin' Gerard Butler can play the part of one of the most recognized African Gods in history. What next? Johnny Depp to play Shango? Perhaps Jennifer Aniston to play the Mami Wata? Oh I know..Jim Carey as Eleggua.
DarkSuperman - 12/12/2013, 6:30 PM
To quote a fantastic michael jackson song "All I want to say is that they don't really care about us!"
JediPhilosopher - 12/12/2013, 6:42 PM
I get confused. She's white? She doesn't look just white to me. Isn't she asian?
Scorpinicus - 12/12/2013, 6:43 PM
I honestly couldn't have said it any better than what you just did. Bravo to you conrad.

Well said and on point.

I agree with your point of view all the way.
Blastaar - 12/12/2013, 6:49 PM
@ moviesareawesome, Ashe', Ashe'. Jim Carey as Papa Elegua.!!!!!? Looooool!!! Damn thats too funny, they dont even know that the Orishas and Neteru are really one in the same. But they are afraid of the Orishas though and know they cant mess with them on THAT level.
Blastaar - 12/12/2013, 6:49 PM
@moviesareawesome, Ashe', Ashe'. Jim Carey as Papa Elegua.!!!!!? Looooool!!! Damn thats too funny, they dont even know that the Orishas and Neteru are really one in the same. But they are afraid of the Orishas though and know they cant mess with them on THAT level.
Nymphadora - 12/12/2013, 6:51 PM
If they're from africa, why are they white?

JatevinM - 12/12/2013, 6:54 PM
Its like even in a movie set in Africa black people can even play black characters. White people dont give a damn about race changes until its a white character being made black. Everything is ok and they dont see a problem until a Thor or Heimdall is touched and then you'd think someone just blew up the moon.
RexBlazer1 - 12/12/2013, 6:55 PM

This is only an issue because you're making it one. The director is just picking these people out because he thinks that they're good for the parts. What difference does it make if they're white, black, blue, green or red? Color isn't what matters, the ability to pull it off is.

Besides, putting in certain ethnicities JUST for the sake of putting them in is racist. And that, along with prejudice and discrimination in general, is something that works BOTH WAYS! The way I see it, don't judge someone without taking a good look at yourself first.
Blastaar - 12/12/2013, 7:01 PM
Speaking of the Orishas, thats what some of theses Black directors need to be making Epic movies about as well as the Neteru. The only movie that sort of went there was "Besouro". The Neteru have been brutally watered down but they cant water down the Orishas, they r too much still alive in the African/Latino diaspora and culture. They cant de-Africanize them like they did the Neteru plus they might suffer the consequences of such actions. The Orishas dont like too be mocked.
Blastaar - 12/12/2013, 7:12 PM
JatevinM is right, yeah it never matters until a Black actor is portaying a traditionally or culturally White actor, then all hell breaks loose.

If it didnt matter then why not cast an all Black cast. If it didnt matter, then why cast of bunch of people who are FAR from Black African desent, which would actually make the film A LOT MORE authentic. The reverse racism crap excuse doesnt work. Even many White folks who know the truth in this day and age know that this is bullshite.
moviesrawesome - 12/12/2013, 7:23 PM

Putting in ethnicities for the sake of putting them is racist? What kind of reverse-psychology jibba jabba is that? How about the common courtesy of acknowledging the existence of the ethnicity being imitated? A couple of ethnically accurate actors at least or who look ethnically accurate, but no. Completely disregarded and replaced by people that the original worshippers of these gods would probably stare at in disbelief. Did you not watch Stargate the Movie? Now that guy looked like a Ra! And he's not even Egyptian! He just looks the right ethnicity.

@ Blastaar
Hahaha! I know right?! Elegua is kind of like Loki - both are tricksters. So Jim Carrey sprung to mind. I really would love to see a movie about the Orishas. They are the african version of the Greek pantheon of gods, only much, much larger in numbers.

Thanks man

@ DarkSuperman
Very true. Almost prophetic.
RexBlazer1 - 12/12/2013, 7:39 PM

Yes, I've seen that movie, and yes, he did look the part. I'm not saying we should completely disregard an ethnicity, just that we shouldn't overlook someone's talent just because somebody is all wound up about their skin color.

Though, truth be told, this argument is getting nowhere. I'm not going to win you over to my side, and you're not going to win me over to yours. And when one sees things from both sides, the truth of the matter is that no one EVER really wins an argument.
Bl00dwerK - 12/12/2013, 7:41 PM
I don't think anybody here complained when they cast a black dude to play Falcon in the new Captain America. People here care more about comic book characters and much less about whatever else gets reported. That's why most folks won't care about this and would complain if they cast a black Peter Parker...
JatevinM - 12/12/2013, 7:44 PM
RexBlazer1@ Are you serious? Do you even believe the bullcrap that you're typing like seriously? The people who worshipped those gods would've projected themselves onto the gods therefore the egyptian gods would be black and not white people. Its not racist to cast a movie accurately and you implying it is bullcrap. Again I say Hollywood wont even let black actors play black characters and thats a sad thing. Ethnic groups constantly get told by white people to make our own media if we want to see ourselves represented and then white people go and take ethnic stories and ethnic things and completely white wash them. I can almost gaurantee you the main cast will be white but the background people will be black or middle eastern.
JatevinM - 12/12/2013, 7:46 PM
Bl00dwerK@ You do realize that Falcon is black right? He is actually one of the first black superheroes.
Enphlieuwince - 12/12/2013, 7:50 PM
@DelTorite, @Omega, @Blastaar, @DarkSuperman, & @moviesrawesome, Thank you for speaking up! Really... I know as more information comes out about this it will be a sensitive subject, and, we may not share the popular opinion on this. But, it must be said.

Ppl like inbreeder and REPOMAN like to scream "bloody murder" when the shoe is on the other foot, however rare it may be. Then the say, "well- Black ppl and other ethnicities should stick to roles more suited to their culture (which they really mean to say 'skin color')." Now this and the same ones threatening to boycott Fantastic Four because of Michael B. Jordan potentially playing Johnny Storm aren't outraged AT ALL.

This is just another vehicle for them to perpetrate their superiority to the world. They have been consistent throughout history for trying to portray Egyptians as White due to their unexplained advancements in architecture alone. They refuse to believe that Black ppl could be so smart or accomplish so much, and, that archaic mindset is alive and kicking til this day.

I had a genius on one thread tell me that Egypt isn't in Africa and another tell me that a Black man being the smartest person alive was unbelievable. Once they have discredited us for our most amazing historical feats and modern media paints us as mostly crooks and murderers, it's not that hard to believe.

To these ppl it's just a movie. To us it could be a positive image of a Black hero for our children to relate to, instead of a White person saving the day 99.9% of the time. Sorry, but, if you are against a Black actor taking a role for traditionally White characters, and, you see NOTHING wrong with this, there is definitely something [frick]ed up with that equation.
RexBlazer1 - 12/12/2013, 7:50 PM
I try to make a point, and yet no one even BOTHERS to listen.
Ocelot - 12/12/2013, 7:50 PM
I guess people didn't see the outrage when William Fichtner was cast as "The Shredder" or when Ben Kingsley was originally cast as "The Mandarin", people dont give a damn about this as there's no "comic book character" present, so there's no affiliation. It's just another movie being reported on a site called "Comic book movie" why do you think people have barely commented in the comments section compared to news that actually involves comic book characters.
Bl00dwerK - 12/12/2013, 7:54 PM
@JatevinM Yeah, that's my point. People only complain when comic book characters are cast poorly, whether it be race or whatever, and don't care that much about whatever else. Comic fans want proper casting for comic book characters and complain for all sorts of reasons. You're acting like it's a black and white thing when it isn't. Go peddle that bullshit someplace else...
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