Joel Edgerton at the 'Great Gatsby' Australian Premiere on May 22, 2013, in SydneyLisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

"The Great Gatsby" actor Joel Edgerton's star continues to rise with news that he's in talks for the role of an Egyptian pharaoh in "Exodus."

Christian Bale is starring as Moses in Ridley Scott's biblical flick, which is supposed to start shooting in September. Steve Zaillian, who wrote the screenplays for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "Moneyball," and "Gangs of New York," has done a pass on the draft, which makes this massive flick sound even fancier.

Scott told Esquire about the film last June while promoting "Prometheus," and it sounds pretty, well, epic. "What's interesting to me about Moses isn't the big stuff that everybody knows," he said. "It's things like his relationship with Ramses [II, the pharaoh]. I honestly wasn't paying attention in school when I was told the story of Moses. Some of the details of his life are extraordinary."

Luckily, "Exodus" probably won't have other Old Testament competition at the box office by the time it's ready to be unleashed on the masses. Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," which stars Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson, is already in post-production and slated for a spring 2014 release.

Edgerton's gone toe-to-toe with Tom Hardy in "Warrior" and a gross, morphing alien in "The Thing," and he played a Navy SEAL in "Zero Dark Thirty," so we're pretty sure he's prepared to up against Bale. However, no one will ever be able to unseat Yul Brynner as the original Egyptian pharaoh-slash-badass.

[via THR]
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