Gods of Egypt (2016) Poster



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This film is based on the Egyptian myth "The Contendings of Horus and Set", in which Set and Horus battled for the rule of Egypt.
In Egypt and the UAE, the title of the movie was changed to "Kings of Egypt".
Filmed in the Australian desert. Filming in the Sahara was considered too dangerous.
Lionsgate/Summit's exposure on the production budget is only around $10 million, because Lionsgate/Summit were able to recoup most of the budget via international pre-sales and Australia tax incentives.
This film and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) have about 200 of the same cast and crew members, including first assistant director P.J. Voeten, visual effects supervisor Julian Dimsey, stunt member Tim Wong, and actors Courtney Eaton and Abbey Lee.
Gerard Butler said that as soon as he read the word 'God' in the script to describe his character, he knew would have to embark on a huge bodybuilding process. He said he started his work-outs immediately because he plays a God in the film and 'wanted to make sure he looked liked one by the time shooting began.'
The serpentine creature featured in the trailer is Apophis, an Egyptian deity of chaos that is usually depicted as a snake in Egyptian art and hieroglyphs.
The architect of the tower dedicated to Ra says it's 2,220 cubits high, 1,015 meters or 3,330 feet. When the film was released, the tallest structure in the world was the Burj Khalifa, at 829.8 meters or 2,722 feet.
In Egyptian mythology, Set (also spelled Setesh, Sutekh, Setekh, and Suty) is a god of the desert, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners. In Ancient Greek, the god's name is Seth. Ra employed Set on his solar boat to repel Apep, the serpent of Chaos. Set was also lord of the red land (desert), where he was the balance to Horus' role as lord of the black land (soil).
Director Alex Proyas was born in Egypt, to Greek parents who moved to Australia when he was 3 years old.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau got down to 7% body fat for his role in the film.
The film features no Egyptian actors.
The staff-like weapon some of the gods are wielding is called a "was scepter", and was associated with people of power in ancient Egypt, specifically the gods and the ruling pharaoh.
Set's armor resembles a sha. Horus' armor resembles a falcon. Hathor's headdress resembles a cow. Thoth's headdress resembles an ibis.
The first feature film to shoot with Panavision's new Primo 70 series of lenses.
Alex Proyas' first feature in seven years. The previous one was Knowing (2009).
When the film was criticized for casting mostly Caucasian actors, the director and production companies issued separate apologies.
In Game of Thrones (2011), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jaime Lannister, a "lion" who is a king slayer. In Gods of Egypt, he plays Horus, a king who is a lion slayer.
Gerard Butler is 1 year older than Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Marks the second collaboration between Rufus Sewell and Alex Proyas after Dark City (1998).
Rachael Blake Nicolaj who was cast as Isis, Horus' mother, is a year younger than Coster-Waldau. Bryan Brown who played Osiris, Ra's son is 4 years older than Geoffrey Rush who played Ra.
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Released in the UAE as "Kings of Egypt"
Both Elodie Yung and Chadwick Boseman are part of the Marvel Cinematic universe. Yung plays Elektra in Daredevil (2015). Boseman plays Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton worked together in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
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The official mobile game is created by Dutch developer Sticky Studios and published by Lionsgate. The game features locations and characters from the film.
In the film, the father of Osiris and Set is referred to as Ra, but in Egyptian Mythology, it is in fact Geb.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the film, both of Horus's eyes are torn out, then restored to him later. In Egyptian mythology, only one eye is torn out.

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