Alex Proyas, the director of the upcoming fantasy film Gods of Egypt, has released a statement apologizing for the movie’s lack of diversity.
The film stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Rufus Sewell, and Courtney Eaton. It is about a mortal who tries to save the world by enlisting the god Horus in an alliance against the god of darkness, Set.
“The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made,” Alex said in his statement.
“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,” Lionsgate added in a statement.