New sword and sandal flick gets its star

Will Smith has been cast in the role of Nubian pharaoh Taharqa in The Last Pharaoh, the forthcoming peplum from little-known British director Christopher Miles (The Clandestine Marriage). Written by Randall Wallace (We Were Soldiers), the film will reportedly¬†center on Egypt’s conflict with Assyria from 677 B.C. onwards.

Unlike a lot of people I’ve been very impressed with quite a few of the recent ancient/medieval epics, so¬† I think this could turn out to be a pretty good film and Ancient Egypt hasn’t been depicted in a serious film for a very long time. Still, one must wonder how Christopher Miles became involved with such a grand scale film.

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