Ridley Scott's swords and sandals epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has been keeping quiet during its production, drawing little fanfare until now.

This first trailer might even be the first you've heard of Scott's first project since Alien prequel Prometheus, and as you'll see it is not keeping quiet any more.

You can watch the trailer below...

Here Scott hopes to evoke his Oscar-winner Gladiator with a tale of brotherly love turned sour by the efforts of Christian Bale's Moses to free the 600,000 slaves from Joel Edgerton's Pharaoh Ramses, who he grew up with.

There's plenty of epic scale to compliment that familial feud, with sweeping, grand shots peppering the trailer. As Moses frees the slaves he will also lead them across the desert to escape God's ten deadly plagues, which promise to look incredible on screen.

And of course there will be large scale battle scenes.

Being the tale of Moses the film will also include the parting of the Red Sea, which we catch a glimpse of at end of the trailer. Talking to Empire Online about it Scott said: "Let me tell you, when the big boy comes in, it's the best thing you've ever seen."

Exodus: Gods and Kings also stars Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley. It will be released on 16 December 2014.