07/09/2014 09:44 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Exodus: Gods And Kings' Trailer Gets Christian Bale Ready To Part The Red Sea

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"Exodus: Gods and Kings," or: What happens after Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is over. The first trailer for Ridley Scott's biblical epic is here, and if it's not a sequel to "Noah," it could be known as a spiritualized "Gladiator." After all, the apocalyptic imagery, sprawling Egyptian landscapes and haunting cover of Simple Minds' "Belfast Child" are fierce.

In Scott's adaptation, Moses (Christian Bale) battles with Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) in an effort to free thousands of slaves and flee from Egypt's deadly plagues. Along the way, he, like, parts some sea or something? No biggie. Bale has said to expect "shocking stuff" from the film, so therein lies another similarity to "Noah": Months before their respective releases, the movies' personnel started hinting at content that might drift from religious lore. "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (previously titled just "Exodus") opens Dec. 12. It also stars Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver.

Here are the posters that were unveiled alongside the trailer: