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August 29, 2013 6:27 pm

‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul Will Play Biblical Joshua in Exodus Film

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"Departure of the Israelites", by David Roberts, 1829.“Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is set to play the biblical hero Joshua in the upcoming film “Exodus,” directed by Ridley Scott and based on the epic story from the Hebrew Bible, Variety Magazine reported.

Paul, who rose to fame for his dynamic portrayal of Jesse Pinkman on AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” will play the Joshua, who joins with Moses to lead the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt. Following Moses’s death, Joshua then leads the Israelites across the Jordan River, where they conquer the land of Canaan.

Paul will be joined by the star of the “Batman” trilogy, Christian Bale, who will play Moses, as well as stars Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro, who will portray the parents of the pharaoh Ramses. Australian actor Joel Edgerton will play Ramses.

Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” is the latest attempt by Hollywood to bring the biblical story of the Jews departure from Egypt to the big screen. The famous 1956 film “The Ten Commandments,” starring Charlton Heston, is widely considered an American classic and is still featured annually on American television, coinciding with the Jewish and Christian holidays of Passover and Easter.

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  • Marc du’Conde

    Many, if not most, of the biblical stories are epic. Epic in their essential nature, epic in their moral advice, epic in scope, and epic in portraying man’s relationship to Hashem. To be alive, when another great story teller has chosen to show us again what can happen to a man and his people if the law of Hashem is followed, is wonderful. De Mille took it on, and created a memory for me, now I will be able to see the same story thru another man’s eyes. For that, I am grateful.

  • david

    Exodus is fiction. David , Solomon and moses are fictional as well. Moses is modeled after sargon, ask ezra ,didn’t he write the torah to please the Babylonians?

      you too will be fictional

  • kevin

    fabul;os show breaking bad,its not on uk tv as yet but did see via us cable loved it ansd the cast was brilliant as was the show,, i now downloading weeds another funny show and with a moral point ,maybe not as dark as breaking bad,, good luck to Aaron paul and all the cast in this epic

  • Julian Clovelly

    How well I remember my late father taking me to see “The Ten Commandments” and wondering why the presence of G-d had had such a strong effect on the hair colour and hairstyle of Moses. I really did not remember that particular miracle from my Bible readings

    Over ten years later I saw the film again. This time, just as Moses was leading the crowds out the Egyptian city, someone from the gallery called out the catch phrase of a favorite quiz show host “Didn’t he do well!” The audience – many of them from the Jewish areas of the East end of London collapsed in fits of laughter. It was a great film but not always what Cecil B deMille intended

    The last time I saw the film – its message seemed to have changed again – this time I saw the President of the National Rifle Association, ablaze with Righteousness, leading his people into the wilderness. It seemed rather appropriate. Moses himself, the Bible tells us, was a little slow to get the message

    And so to the present epic. I wonder in these more modern days, when events once taken as literal and unquestionable truth, are now open to theological debate and historical research – I wonder how this new film will be received and how it will mature in the consciousness of the audience, and what the new catchphrase might be

    Something on the lines of “Whose that bloke standing next to Jesse Pinkman” perhaps