Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush will join “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Alex Proyas’ epic fantasy movie “Gods of Egypt,” multiple individuals familiar with the Lionsgate/Summit project have told TheWrap.
Proyas (“I, Robot”) is directing from Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama’s original screenplay, which Proyas recently revised.
Set in ancient Egypt against the legendary world of great pyramids and sphinxes, “Gods of Egypt” is the story of a common thief and a god on a magical quest.
As TheWrap first reported, Coster-Waldau stars as Horus, the god of the sky, who must avenge the death of his father, Osiris.
Butler is in negotiations to play desert god Set, who kills Osiris and plans to murder his own father, sun god Ra (Rush).
Thunder Road principal Basil Iwanyk is producing with Proyas. Lionsgate execs Erik Feig, Geoff Shaevitz and Jeyun Choi will oversee the project for the studio.
Rush next stars in “The Book Thief,” while Butler is coming off the hit action movie “Olympus Has Fallen.”
CAA reps Rush and Butler, who is also repped by Alan Siegel Entertainment.