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Director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate issued an apology on Friday for the lack of racial diversity in the movie Gods Of Egypt.

The fantasy adventure set in ancient Egypt and starring Gerard Butler is already in the can and prompted a backlash when its first look trailer was released online earlier this month.

‘The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,’ Proyas said in a statement posted by Forbes.com. ‘I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.’

Lionsgate added: ‘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.​​

Actress and entertainer Bette Midler was among those who took to social media to protest the lack of diversity in the Lionsgate film directed by Australian Alex Proyas


It’s not the first time recently that Hollywood directors and movie studios have come under fire for ‘whitewashing’ their characters.

Ridley Scott was criticized for casting Christian Bale as Moses and JOel Edgerton as the Pharaoh Ramses in last year’s Exodus: Gods And Kings.

The British director defended his choices, however, saying it had been necessary in order to get funding for the film.

Gods of Egypt Official Trailer #1 (2016) – Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites Movie HD

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJBnK2wNQSo]

Gods Of Egypt, which is slated for release in February 2016, is described by Lionsgate as an ‘action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt.’

‘The survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Butler), the merciless god of darkness,’ the official blurb reads.

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