8 Facts about Gods of Egypt You Might Have Not Known

02/25/2016

Interesting facts about the Gods in the movie "Gods of Egypt" have just been revealed.

Gods of Egypt is a 2016 fantasy film featuring ancient Egyptian deities. The United States-Australia production is directed by Alex Proyas and stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton, Rufus Sewell, Gerard Butler, and Geoffrey Rush.

In this spectacular action-adventure, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus in an unlikely alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.

1. Gods of Egypt is mainly based on an Egyptian myth called The Contendings of Horus and Set telling about the battles between Horus and Set, God of war, to determine who will succeed Osiris as king.

2. Gods of Egypt (2016) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) has almost same cast and crew members counting upto 200. Many people appear in both films, for examples, assistant director (P. J. Voeten), visual effects supervisor (Julian Dimsey), Stunt men (Tim Wong and others), and lastly actors (Courtney Eaton, Abby Lee, Bruce Spencer and others).

3. Gods of Egypt is the first movie to be shot with Panavision’s new Primo 70 series of lenses. Most of the scenes were filmed in an Australian desert instead of Sahara which is too dangerous to shoot a movie.

4. In order to portray Set, Gerard Butler set out on a huge body building process. And for his role as God Horus, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) got down to 7% of total body fat.

                                                                   Gerard Butler as Set

                                                           Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus

5. The clothing and armour of Gods resembles their appearance in the Egyptian mythology. Gods Seth and Horus have armour that clearly resembles their animals a jackal and a falcon respectively. Godesses Hathor and Thoth have head dresses based on their respective animals i.e. a cow and an ibis.

6. The movie faced heavy criticism while the cast are all white and none of main characters are Egyptian. However, it was not long the director and producers have voiced apology sincerely.

7. There are some changes in the story of the movie. In the movie, both eyes of Horus are torn out but one recovers. And in the myth, Horus only has one eye torn.

8. The snake-like giant creature in the trailer is an Egyptian deity of chaos. This creature is called Apep (or Apophis) and usually shown as a snake in Egyptian arts.

Gods Of Egypt will hit the theaters on February, 26th, 2016.