Will Smith Taking 'The Last Pharaoh' Crown

September 08, 2008 08:59:55 GMT

'Braveheart' scribe, Randall Wallace, has been picked up to pen the war drama which is expected to be Will Smith's starring vehicle.


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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith, may next be seen as the titular character in "The Last Pharaoh". Eyeing to put the project to fruition for quite sometime, the Hollywood actor has reportedly managed to persuade "Braveheart" writer Randall Wallace to work on his film's script through his company, Overbrook Entertainment.

With Wallace on-board the project, Smith is one step closer to star as Taharqa, the Nubian pharaoh who was involved in a battle with the Assyrians to claim the throne of Amun-Ra and ruled over Egypt from 690BC to 664 BC. Through Overbrook, he is also attached to co-produce "Pharaoh" along with James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz.

"Last Pharaoh" is said to resolve around the battle between Taharqa, a member of Egypt's 25th dynasty, and Esarhaddon, Assyrian leader who seeks to invade Egypt. The war between the two ignited in 677 B.C. and lasted even until the death of Esarhaddon. Though this epic drama project is entitled "Last Pharaoh", Taharqa was not the last Pharaoh of Egypt. In reality, the last Pharaoh is Cleopatra VII.

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posted by mohammed terhaga on Oct 29, 2010
terhaga is from the Sudan from the north was not from Egypt. We must fight those who seek to steal the history of Sudan
posted by Ra on Oct 02, 2010
Ha...It never cease to amaze me how arab & other caucazoid peoples of the so called middle east try over & over again to make like N. African history is theirs (lol)!!!! Deal with truth the craddle of civilization & also the first nation ever mentioned in scripture is Kush(Ethiopia/Nubia)Gen 2:10-14. Arabs are not & will never be native to any part of Africa!!! Countless African civilizations had come & gone by the time Prophet Muhummad(pbuh) brought the arab out of ignorrance & into civilization with religious creedo that was ripped from the Jews & Christians who in turn ripped all their religious doctrine & moral values from the ancient Black Kemit system of Ma'at.
posted by essam karti on Sep 26, 2010
By the way terhaga is not egyption he was nobian (north of sudan ) this movie is a sampel of the fake of history
posted by Pianki on Sep 21, 2010
The history of a military expedition, led by a Kushite Suten (Pharaoh), dispatched to the Near East in 701 B.C.E, its destination corresponds to today Palestine/Israel. Its aim was to prevent Assyrian king, Sennacherib, who god was Ashur, from carrying out a conquest of the last Canaanite strong hold, Jerusalem. This black-African mighty force intervention, led by the young Taharka, enabled the fragile, war-torn Hebrew kingdom to survive and nurse its self back to economic and demographic health. Thereby allowing the Hebrew religion, Yahwism (and their god YHWH), to evolve within the next several centuries into Iudaism (Judaism). From Judaism would off shoot Christianity and then later Islam. The story of this military force following their god Amon was widely known in the west until a century ago. One source, the bible 2Kings 19:35, now gives the credit to “the angel of the lord” rather than Taharka. Was this the same group of Hebrews that came into Kemet (Egypt) and resided on Elephantine (Beggar) Island in Aswan to later go on into Gondar Ethiopia?
posted by TRUTH=LIFE on Sep 06, 2010
ITS ABOUT THE SYMBOL! EGYPT WAS A AFRICAN CIVILIZATION. THE MAJORITY OF ALL THE RULERS OF EGYPT RULED FROM UPPER EGYPT (CLOSE TO HOME). THE NILE CULTURE (KUSHITES,ORTOMO,ETERIA) PPLS, AFRICANS HINCE THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT. NOT THE EGYPTIAN REPUBLIC OF EGYPT. KMT WAS A COLONY OF KUSH THAT WAS MISMANAGED AND THEN CONQURED BY LYBIANS-HYKSOS-GREO ROMANS ECT.. YET THE UPPER KIGNDOM REMAINED INTACT FOR THE MOST PART
posted by ironmen808 on Jun 16, 2010
wow eclispe you have what is called psychosis. you believe your own bullshit. you obvisouly don't know about ancient eygpt. I would be quiet if I was you.
posted by eclipse on Jun 13, 2010
Stupid black people consistently claiming that Egypt was black is getting so damn annoying. No...they were not black. And they didn't like your people. You blacks are always trying to claim ancient North Africa's history as your own people's history just because it's on the African continent. You twist history and put faith into delusions and fallacy just to give yourselves something to be proud of. It's sad really. Ancient North Africa and modern North Africa was never and is not a black region. Get over it.
posted by H.A.P.I. on Dec 30, 2009
I KNOW THAT WILL SMITH HAS AN EYE FOR DIVINE LIGHT,AND BECAUSE OF THAT HIS PERSONAL PRETRAYAL TO HAVE COMPASSION, WILL ALLOW HIM TO PRESENT DIVINE TRUTH TO ANY RESEARCHED SCRIPT. WILL SMITH SURELY WILL BE GREAT COMPLIMENT TO THIS CHALLENGE. H.A.P.I. IS WITH YOU, MR. SMITH.
posted by bankit24 on Dec 11, 2009
This movie will be great. If told correctly, it should tell of the true egyptians (ethiopians)trying to secure lower egypt from invasion was and for all.
posted by ASSYRIAN-KING on Nov 15, 2009
SHOULD BE A GREAT MOVIE TO WATCH, I JUST HOPE THEY DONT MAKE OUS ASSYRIANS LOOK LIKE THE BAD GUYS HERE....
posted by Dave on Oct 06, 2009
You people should read some history and do some research before you claim Assyrians are Arabs or modern Assyrians have no connection to ancient Assyrians, Assyrians are mesopotamians and are not Arabs, Syriacs are western Assyrians, do some research and google this for staters "ASSYRIAN IDENTITY IN ANCIENT TIMES AND TODAY"
posted by Arab on Oct 01, 2009
Well done Will Smith, Iam really happy that you making movie about Arab´s empire(Assyria).
posted by Syriac on Oct 01, 2009
Sargon the recently Assyrians has nothing to do with Assyrians in history. There is no Assyrians, they are more like arab Christians but we have Syriac,suryoye,nation... ahna kolan suryoyee
posted by sonofptah on Jun 05, 2009
The term Pharaoh refers to an individual not a group or governing body. There was only one king and that was the Pharaoh. Only in the twelfth dynasty did there exist what was known as a co-regency, instituted by Amenemhat I who was Black African as well, as were most of true Ancient Egyptians, particularly the Pharaohs of the middle kingdom (11th and 12th) dynasties. His co-ruler was his son Senusret I. Either of these rulers can be portrayed by anyone of African descent, so you Beja people do not have a monopoly over African history. If you want to to portray a Pharaoh as Beja make your own film. I'll be more than happy to watch it.
posted by sargon on Apr 29, 2009
This film will also be the first to portray the Assyrians, who are still around today, lets hope Will smith works his magic COME ON ASSYRIA
posted by mace on Mar 04, 2009
get two books called the kingdom of kush. p.l. shinner he has books on nubia. go to egyptsearch dot com google it.
posted by mace on Mar 04, 2009
will is african by race,but yes he was born in america of course,but he is still african.
posted by mace on Mar 04, 2009
the kings and queens of kush were not from the priest class of egypt. they were kushites and from kush(sudan)not egypt. the ruling class of kush came from the southwest of sudan,and the beja were not kushites.the beja come from the medja and they were not kushites,but they many lived in the kushites empire.
posted by History Matters on Feb 14, 2009
This could be a real dud for Will Smith if this film is not historically accurate and if he fails to lose his modern day American black swagger. The living descendants of the ethnic Ta-Seti or Beja People are still alive and well and will react negatively if this is another crappy Troy or Kingdom of Heaven movie. There was no such country as Nubia at this point in history and Pharaoh refers to the governmental body not an individual unless they were illegitimate rulers from a foreign land. Taharqa was anything but as his ancestors are descended of the Priest Kings of the 20th dynasty who were run out of Egypt by the Libyans in the 21st Dynasty. Please don't be lazy stupid Americans and let Hollywood revisionists insult the Beja Peoples who are the direct descendants of Taharqa's dynasty. American black people are already suffering from the bankruptcy of bling on their culture. Just because an actor is sort of African does not make them empathetic or even conscience of African culture- especially the really endangered East African cultures.
posted by aries on Oct 18, 2008
THis will be be a great movie i'm sure!
posted by tugmattboat2 on Oct 08, 2008
Will Smith is the greatest and most powerful actor of our generation. Im sure this movie will be just another tremendous accomplishment to add to his list.

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