Agora is an upcoming historical drama film directed by Alejandro Amenabar. The film is starring Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella. The story revolves around astrologer-philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria (Weisz) and her relationship with her slave Davus (Minghella). Agora should be released on December 18, 2009.
We've got some set pictures of the movie sets of Agora (the story takes place in Egypt but the sets are actually on the island Malta in the Mediterranean Sea):
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Here below a first look at Rachel Weisz as Hypatia the astrologer-philosopher:
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"A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria." (Source: IMDb)
- Rachel Weisz as Hypatia of Alexandria
- Max Minghella as Davus, her slave
- Oscar Isaac as Orestes
- Ashraf Barhom as Ammonius
- Michael Lonsdale as Theon, father and teacher of Hypatia
- Rupert Evans as Synesius
- Homayoun Ershadi as Aspasius
The real Hypatia of Alexandria was a Greek scholar from Alexandria in Egypt, considered the first notable woman in mathematics, who also taught philosophy and astronomy. She lived in Roman Egypt, and was killed by a Coptic Christian mob who blamed her for religious turmoil. She has been hailed as a "valiant defender of science against religion", and some suggest that her murder marked the end of the Hellenistic Age.
Let's hope that some Agora movie trailer will be released soon! I'm impatient to see how it will be!