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Dark Knight Rises actor set to take the lead in Scott's forthcoming Old Testament saga, though there is competition to get the story to the screen

Christian Bale is set to play Moses in Ridley Scott's retelling of the story of the biblical hero, according to Deadline. The suggestion follows reports last week that Steven Spielberg has left rival Moses project Gods and Kings, with Oscar-winning Life of Pi director Ang Lee tipped to replace him.

Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is moving forward apace with its take on Moses, which is titled Exodus, as confusion surrounds the future of rival studio Warner Bros's proposed version. Bale is being lined up to star and Scott's American Gangster screenwriter Steve Zaillian has signed on to do a rewrite. The Us blog says Scott could make it his next project as director after completing work on The Counselor, his forthcoming »

- Ben Child

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