The first look at the effects-packed epic has caused upset on Twitter, with numerous likening the molding to Ridley Scotts contentious Exodus: Deities and Kings

Forthcoming fantasy epic Gods of Egypt has run into disturbance after a just-released located of reference signs have been criticised on Twitter for showcasing a predominantly lily-white cast.

The film, which stars Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as warring Egyptian gods, has been called out for questionable molding alternatives by users and fames, including Bette Midler.

Bette Midler (@ BetteMidler) November 12, 2015

Movie, #GodsOfEgypt in which everyone is white? Egyptians, in history and today, have NEVER been lily-white. Raise BACK GEOGRAPHY !! It’s Africa!

BlackGirlNerds (@ BlackGirlNerds) November 12, 2015

Why does the Egyptian extras from #GodsOfEgypt definitely sounds like they’re from a Seth Rogen movie? pic.twitter.com/ y4Rm4eyjYA

Mere Smith (@ EvilGalProds) November 12, 2015

Dear Hollywood, White beings did not rule ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt did not worship white people. Hope this helps, -Everyone #GodsOfEgypt

Matthew A. Cherry (@ MatthewACherry) November 12, 2015

Dear Hollywood, Egypt is in Africa. Northern to be exact. Why is that so difficult to appreciation? Stop gentrifying African countries. #GodsOfEgypt

If you need sunscreen while filming for #GodsOfEgypt its maybe not a historically accurate molding, said Vimto Mami, while AKA Dan Entwistle tweeted: In all seriousness , no speculate POC complain about diversity in Hollywood when movies like #GodsOfEgypt get made. Egypt isnt in Europe, guys.

Although the casting is chiefly lily-white, including Geoffrey Rush playing Egyptian sunlight deity Ra, Get on Up sun Chadwick Boseman also stars as Thoth. But his molding has caused equal ire, with some advocating it plays into the supernatural negro stereotype.

Carrie Tupper (@ mermaidshells) November 12, 2015

I cannot understand how they gravely shed Chadwick Boseman as a LITERAL all-knowing supernatural negro. #GodsOfEgypt pic.twitter.com/ r9SmNPVGwI

Mr. Marin (@ MrMarinKnows) November 12, 2015

Chadwick Boseman became from Iconic Black Guy to Magical Negro #GodsOfEgypt

Kasey (@ bastylefilegirl) November 12, 2015

Just because Chadwick Boseman is “African American” doesn’t mean he was appropriately shed either( ya’ll gotta “ve learned that” too) #GodsOfEgypt

The casting censure follows in the paces of last years contentious biblical epic Exodus: Deities and Kings, which was criticized by having a lily-white casting, including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver.

Director Ridley Scott represented his decision, claiming it was for commercial intellects. I cant mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on charge bonus in Spain, and say that my lead performer is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such, he said. Im simply not going to get it financed. So the question doesnt even come up.

Gods of Egypt is a $ 140 m( APS9 2m) budget film, directed by I, Robots Alex Proyas, which studio Lionsgate is hoping could be a big franchise for them now that The Hunger Games is coming to an end.

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