Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate, Proyas Issue 'Gods of Egypt' Diversity Apology

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate, Proyas Issue 'Gods of Egypt' Diversity Apology

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Gods Of Egypt studio Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas have issued apologies for the lack of diversity in the film's cast.

Proyas and Lionsgate both issued statements to Forbes, which was one of a number of voices questioning the extent of the white casting in the Egypt-set action-adventure title.

Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Geoffrey Rush, Elodie Yung and Courtney Eaton are among the upcoming film's acting line-up.

In an unusual but refreshing move, Lionsgate, backers of Tyler Perry's Madea franchise and Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, issued the following statement on the casting: "We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed.

"In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better."

Proyas added: "The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. …

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