A Gift From The Gods

A Gift From The Gods
Photo By Nicole N, Belgium

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"The Last Pharaoh" - TAHARQA

"Academy-nominated actor and box office powerhouse Will Smith is gearing up for his latest role in the upcoming drama, The Last Pharaoh. He will play the role of Taharqa, a Nubian Egyptian Pharaoh, who battled the Assyrians during his 26-year-reign. The epic film will be written by Randall Wallace, the scribe behind movies such as Braveheart, The Man in the Iron Mask, and Pearl Harbor. Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment will also act as producer of The Last Pharaoh, which will be released via Columbia Pictures. As of now, no release date has been announced for The Last Pharaoh." http://www.willsmith.com/news/newsItem.cfm?cms_news_id=34

In 701 B.C., Taharqa made a mark on history that many are not familiar with. His accomplishments are even mentioned in the Bible in the book of II Kings. At the tender age of 20, young Nubian Egyptian Prince Taharqa, in the footsteps of his mighty father Pharaoh Piye, averted the blood thirsty Assyrian army from attacking Judah which is present day Israel. A battle ensued between the Egyptian and Assyrian armies and although the Assyrians failed to kill the head of the Egyptian army, Prince Taharqa, Assyrian King, Sennachrib, falsely boasted of his victory and mocked the Egyptian – Jewish alliance by issuing this threat to the then Israeli leader, Hezekiah. “You trust upon the staff of this bruised reed Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: So is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him.”

As the braggart King Sennachrib continued to advance his armies toward Jerusalem, a miracle happened. The surviving Prince Taharqa managed to amass his army once again and press forward to protect Jerusalem against this invader from the east. Upon hearing the grim news, Sennacherib suddenly abandoned the siege and galloped back in disgrace to his kingdom, where he was murdered 18 years later, apparently by his own sons. This victory allowed the Hebrew society and Judaism to strengthen for another crucial century by which, the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar could only banish the powerful nation and fail to obliterate them or their faith.

This was the first of many many successes by Pharaoh Taharqa. His will and persistence threatened the Assyrians so much so that they referred to him as, “the one accursed by all the great gods” and at his passing, his enemies defaced as many pieces of architecture bearing his name and his images as they could, focusing on destroying the ureaus on his forehead (which depicted his rulership over both Upper and Lower Egypt) and his nose (there exists various theories as to the motive). Regardless, his eyes, bright with buoyancy and character, still remain in tact in many of these works of art which still stand in museums around the world for us to enjoy.

With that said, I truly look forward to the Will Smith film, The Last Pharaoh, which will undoubtedly be a success. Let's keep our ears perked and our eyes peeled for more info.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If Will Smith is as smart as I think he is .... he will invite you to co-author the sequel.

I 'm just saying of course....Good Luck with your writing career.