Sigourney Weaver to reteam with Ridley Scott for "Exodus"

Sigourney Weaver attends The 67th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013, in New York.
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Sigourney Weaver and filmmaker Ridley Scottare going on an "Exodus."

The three-time Oscar nominated actress has signed on to co-star in Scott's upcoming biblical epic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Weaver first found fame as lead heroine Ellen Ripley in Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic, "Alien," a blockbuster which propelled the then-unknown actress into the spotlight. Weaver starred in three "Alien" sequels afterwards, with varying success. Scott also revisited the Alien universe with his 2012 film, "Prometheus."

Scott and Weaver last worked together in 1992 on "1492: Conquest of Paradise," considered a box office disappointment.

Weaver played Queen Isabella I in that film and she's expected to play another famous real-life monarch in "Exodus." This time, Weaver will portray Queen Tuya -- the mother of Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II. "The Great Gatsby" star Joel Edgerton is rumored to have been cast in the role of Ramesses II while Christian Bale is expected to play Moses.

The script for "Exodus" comes from Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian, known for films like "Schindler's List," "Gangs of New York" and "Moneyball."

"Exodus" is slated for release on Dec. 12, 2014.

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