Getty Images/Lionsgate

Getty Images/Lionsgate

We’ve been talking about Gods of Egypt for so long, it’s hard to believe the movie still hasn’t hit theaters yet. But as Lionsgate prepares for the controversial feature to make its February 26 debut next year, they’re finally addressing the elephant in the room: why a film based on African gods and humans has not one person of color to speak for it.

Forbes first published the official statement from the film studio Friday which read:

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.​​

Director Alex Proyas was a bit less apologetic, pulling that tired “I’m sorry to those who are offended” line that screams he doesn’t really see a problem with French, Australian, Swedish, and English actors depicting life in ancient Egypt but somebody told him he had to say something to get ahead of the foreseeable backlash. (Even though they’re already behind; we’ve been talking about this since last April.) Still, he stated:

“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.”

We guess it’s better than nothing, which is what we usually get — a point Ava DuVernay took note of on Twitter, essentially calling this apology unprecedented.

Let’s see if Lionsgate, which, as they stated, can and has done better, keeps their promise.


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  • theresa.

    According to the trailer though, there are POC that were represented in the film….to play slaves, of course.

  • CoolChic

    Seriously, I hope a movie is made with an all black cast called Gods of Scandinavia.

  • Chazz A

    The Caucasians are passing out belated apologies like cheap candy lately.
    These corny films have no historical significance and (IMO) are designed to reassert the white male image as dominant and superior. It’s the same method of cultural conditioning Hollywood used with the slave-themed films that came out in the last few yrs. By now, everyone should be well aware that our history did not begin with the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.
    Those who refuse to peel back the layers of subtle racism, will never be able to reveal the underlining message.

  • mywordsaremypower

    Stuff your apology. White people apologies when it comes to race are the worst and they don’t mean it all, they do it just to save face and not to look racist. He knew what he was doing and there are no excuses he could think or come up with to say why the Gods are all white. I love how the same people who flipped out Idris Elba could be a Bond were okay with this portrayal. There always the ones saying why don’t you just make your own space or wait for a film that characters are of black origin; the reason why is because its white people who are in control of Hollywood and paint themselves in almost everything. I’m sure a director was itching to do a White Martin Luther King but would loose his career but somehow I feel white people would still justify a white Martin Luther King. I’m actually done with a vast majority of white people, they are like children who refuse to learn from past mistakes and only some are attempting to change for the better. I hope the movie flops big time.