Mythic monsters cause mayhem in crazy new trailer for Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt

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Feb 5, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Director Alex Proyas has delivered two legitimate genre classics with The Crow and Dark City, so he gets some due respect from me when any new project of his comes to light.  Here's the new international trailer for his upcoming Gods of Egypt, a semi-serious fantasy fable in the same vein as Clash of the Titans but injected with Egyptian deities instead, boasting an impressive cast, including Pirates of the Caribbean's Geoffrey Rush, Mad Max: Fury Road's Abbey Lee, Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and 300's Gerard Butler.   It journeys into familiar mythological territory for sure, but the FX look mightly impressive and, from the trailer's tone, it offers a fair amount of fun, self-referencing humor mixed into the swords, sandals and sorcery. 

Here's the official synopsis from Lionsgate:

Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against the evil overlord. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen take them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the spectacular final confrontation.

Have a look and tell us if this Egyptian odyssey seems worth more than just its weight in sand.

Gods of Egypt blows into theaters on Feb. 26, 2016.

(Via Comic Book Movie)