Watch the new Gods of Egypt Super Bowl trailer starring Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Swords and sandals epic shows the stars in all their European glory and has bagged a coveted US ad spot during the coverage of the all-important American football clash

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Here it is – the trailer for the swords and sandals epic Gods of Egypt which is due to be one of the advertising stars of tonight’s Super Bowl on US TV.

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The trailer was released online ahead of the ad where prices are said to be around $5m for thirty seconds of screen time during the coverage of the clash between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

The game – the fiftieth in history – starts at 11.30pm GMT. It is being televised on the BBC for the first time since 2008 and coverage begins on BBC2 at 10.50pm.

Gods of Egypt sees mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) seeking to save the world and rescue his true love by help of the powerful god Horus (Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the god of darkness.

It is directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) and stars Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton and Geoffrey Rush.

Proyas and studio Lionsgate have apologised for a lack of diversity in the film after criticisms that the Egyptian deities of the title were cast with white actors rather than those of Middle Eastern descent.  

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Gods of Egypt will be released later this month