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'Gods Of Egypt' Movie Slammed For White Actors In Lead Roles (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The trailer for the fantasy film "Gods of Egypt" was released on Nov. 17, and features only white actors in speaking roles (video below).

According to ThinkProgress, the film features Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), Gerard Butler (Scottish), Geoffrey Rush (British) and Brenton Thwaites (Australian). The movie also includes Chadwick Boseman, an African-American.

The news site reports some of the reactions on Twitter to the casting included:

"*raises hand* yeah I have a problem with the casting... It's a bit on the pale side"

"And look at these extras. You can blue screen Egypt in the background but can't cast real Egyptians??? #GodsOfEgypt"

"Apparently, there aren't any Middle Eastern actors out there able to convincingly portray Egyptian roles #GODSOFEGYPT"

The movie's posters, released on Nov. 12, were also slammed on Twitter for their lack of Middle Eastern ethnicity, notes The Washington Post:

"This looks terrible. I hope it flops big time. #GodsOfEgypt"

"#AllWhiteGodsMatter #GodsOfEgypt"

"I cannot understand how they seriously cast Chadwick Boseman as a LITERAL all-knowing magical negro. #GodsOfEgypt"

The movie is set for release in the U.S. on Feb. 26, 2016.

Sources: ThinkProgress, The Washington Post / Photo credit: YouTube Screenshot