Industry Magazine – New Jersey | January/February 2016
Just weeks after production wrapped for the epic film Gods of Egypt. scheduled for a February 26 release, its director, Alex Proyas, apologized for casting primarily white actors in the film, which is based upon Egyptian mythology. Starring Gerard Butler. Nikolai Coster-Waldau. and Brenton Thwaites—who together constitute a decidedly whiter shade than typical residents of the ancient African city and state—the film’s directorial mea culpa was amplified by studio Lionsgate, which offered in a statement that they are “committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences,” and made a pledge to improve future cast diversity as a result.