‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Talks to Lead ‘Gods of Egypt’ (Exclusive)

Alex Proyas ("I, Robot") is directing the epic fantasy movie for Summit Entertainment

As the third season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" comes to a close, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays dashing warrior Jaime Lannister, is in talks to star in Summit Entertainment's epic fantasy movie "Gods of Egypt," TheWrap has learned.

Alex Proyas ("I, Robot") is directing from Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama's original screenplay, which Proyas also had a hand in shaping.

"Gods of Egypt" is set in ancient Egypt against the legendary world of great pyramids and sphinxes. Coster-Waldau would play Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris.

Thunder Road principal Basil Iwanyk is producing with Proyas.

While Coster-Waldau may be best known for "Game of Thrones," he also played dual roles in Universal's horror film "Mama," which has grossed $144 million worldwide. And he recently appeared alongside Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman in the studio's big-budget sci-fi movie "Oblivion."

Coster-Waldau has also wrapped the indie drama "A Thousand Times Good Night" with Juliette Binoche, and he's currently filming the male lead in Nick Cassavetes' comedy "The Other Woman," which stars Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.

Coster-Waldau is represented by WME and Impression Entertainment.

  • Craig

    It is my hope that this film will not add to the traditional distortion
    of the history and culture of the region. It is true that the Ptolemaic
    Dynasty, the last Egyptian dynasty that ruled the region for 275 years,
    from 305 BC to 30 BC, of which Cleopatra was one, were Greek. They came
    to power as a result of the conquests of Alexander “the Great.” This is
    how, despite the visual proof of the tomb reliefs, Europe seems to have
    annexed Egypt (Kemet) out of African history. The unfortunate reality is
    that most Eurocentrists don’t and don’t want to understand that what
    has been portrayed for centuries as the history of that part of the
    world is completely wrong. It’s upside down to be exact. It’s as plain
    as the nose on the Sphinx’s face, before Napoleon had it shot off, but
    the truth may be too much of a challenge to the idea of who’s who and
    what’s what. A multicultural cast would be fair enough for a mainstream
    production. Let us hope that we have come far enough to see that.
    “Knowledge is power!” – Sir Francis Bacon