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Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-hur Actors At Vatican For Papal Audience Visit

15 April 2015 3:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Actor Rodrigo Santoro takes a break from filming Ben-hur, which is currently in production in Rome, to attend the Papal Audience and meet Pope Francis.

Pope Francis blessed actor Rodrigo Santoro, who plays Jesus Christ in the upcoming epic Ben-hur, at the Papal Audience at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Wednesday, April 15th.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the movie is written by Keith Clarke and John Ridley.

Check out Nazanin Boniadi’s Instagram for more photos of their visit to the Vatican:

https://instagram.com/nazaninboniadi/

Actress Nazanin Boniadi and actor Rodrigo Santoro of Ben-hur in front of the Vatican for the Papal Audience visit.

Ben-hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves »

- Michelle McCue

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'Ben-Hur' begins Cinecittà shoot

1 April 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As reported on Screendaily last week, production is underway in Rome on Paramount Pictures and MGM’s retelling of the classic adventure starring Jack Huston in the title role.

Filming has ended in Matera in the south of Italy and will take up residence for four months on Cinecittà Stages and Cinecittà World’s Theme Park back lot, both of which will double for Jersualem. The film is set to open in the Us on February 26, 2016.

Timur Bekmambetov directs from the adapted screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley based on based on Lew Wallace’s novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.

The story centres on Judah Ben-Hur, a wronged prince forced into slavery who returns home to seek revenge.

Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell and Nazanin Boniadi also star. Sean Daniel, Mark Burnett, Joni Levin and Duncan Henderson produce, while the executive producers are Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown.

Ben-Hur will benefit »

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"Ben-Hur" Remake Begins Production

2 February 2015 2:00 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

MGM Pictures and Paramount Pictures have announced that principal photography has begun on the Timur Bekmambetov-directed "Ben-Hur" which is shooting in both Rome and Matera, Italy.

The film returns to the heart of Lew Wallace’s epic novel and follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Both must come to choose between retribution or forgiveness.

The cast includes Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell as Messala, Nazanin Boniadi as Esther, Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ, Sofia Black D’Elia as Tirzah, Ayelet Zurer as Naomi, Moises Arias as Gestas and Pilou Asbaek as Pontius Pilate. Keith Clarke and John Ridley adapted the script.

Sean Daniel, Mark Burnett, Joni Levin and Duncan Henderson will produce. "Ben-Hur" is slated to hit cinemas on February 26th 2016.

Source: Paramount Pictures »

- Garth Franklin

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'Ben-Hur' Remake Begins Shooting in Rome

2 February 2015 11:34 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-Hur starring Jack Huston (American Hustle) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the film is based on Lew Wallace's epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise), Mark Burnett (Son of God), Joni Levin (The Way Back) and Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World).

Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (The Bible), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. Ben-Hur also »

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Principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur and Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”)

2 February 2015 10:44 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (“The Mummy” franchise), Mark Burnett (“Son Of God”), Joni Levin (“The Way Back”) and Duncan Henderson (“Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World”). Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (“The Bible”), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. “Ben-hur” also »

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Photography Begins on Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-hur

2 February 2015 10:24 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Ben-hur is returning to the big screen!

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-hur starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.

The epic 1959 film was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton HestonJack Hawkins, Stephen BoydHaya Harareet, Sam Jaffe and Hugh Griffith. It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The magnificent score is by composer Miklós Rózsa.

Watch the trailer Here.

The producers are Sean Daniel (“The Mummy” franchise), Mark Burnett (“Son Of God”), Joni Levin (“The Way Back »

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Cameras Begin Rolling on the Ben-Hur Remake in Italy

2 February 2015 10:23 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

If you were looking forward to seeing an updated version of the classic Ben-Hur story on the big screen, then you'll be happy to hear that principal photography has officially started on the epic, with a more full cast last revealed as well.  Come inside to see. 

I'm honestly not sure what to think about a Ben-Hur remake.  Done correctly, it could be pretty cool and a great way to introduce a new generation to this story.  It also has a good chance of sucking, but that's the risk you take with any remake.  Either way, I tend to hold off judgement until I've seen footage, which we've just taken a big step towards seeing as filming has officially started: 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Lucy’s Pilou Asbæk Will Be Pontius Pilate In Ben-Hur Remake

23 January 2015 12:54 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Another key character has been cast in MGM’s upcoming Ben-Hur remake. Danish actor Pilou Asbæk, who had a small role in Lucy and previously stunned in the barely-seen Danish film A Hijacking (one of my top films of 2013), has joined the production in the role of Judean emperor Pontius Pilate.

Asbæk beat out Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal for the part in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake, about the titular Jewish prince (Jack Huston) who is forced into slavery by his villainous former friend Messala (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Toby Kebbell). Bowed but not broken, Judah Ben-Hur vows to return for revenge.

Nazanin Boniadi, Sofia Black-d’Elia and Morgan Freeman are also in the cast, playing Ben-Hur’s mother Miriam, sister Tirzah and the Sheik Ilderim, respectively. In smaller roles, Rodrigo Santoro will play Jesus, Ayelet Zurer will portray Naomi and Moises Arias will play Gestas, »

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‘Lucy’ Star Pilou Asbæk to Play Pontius Pilate in ‘Ben-Hur’ (Exclusive)

21 January 2015 3:04 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Game of Thrones” actor Pedro Pascal was previously in talks for the role

MGM’s “Ben-Hur” has added “Lucy” star Pilou Asbæk to play Pontius Pilate, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal was previously in talks for the role in the Timur Bekmambetov film about the titular Jewish Prince, played by Jack Huston, who is forced into slavery by his former friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell).

The studio and Asbæk’s reps could not immediately be reached for comment.

Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to »

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Rodrigo Santoro to play Jesus in Ben-Hur remake

14 January 2015 11:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise on an Empire) is in final negotiations to play Jesus Christ in the upcoming MGM and Paramount Pictures in Ben-Hur, the remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic.

Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) is directing the movie, which is an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ published in 1880. Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) is portraying the title character, with Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) playing Messala, the friend who betrays him into slavery. Rounding out the cast are Olivia Cooke (The Signal), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), Sofia Black D’Elia (The Immigrant) and Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the man who trains Ben-Hur.

Shooting for the film is expected to start later this year, with a 2016 release date scheduled.

The post Rodrigo Santoro to play Jesus in Ben-Hur remake appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

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300's Rodrigo Santoro in talks to play Jesus in Ben-Hur remake

14 January 2015 4:43 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rodrigo Santoro has entered talks to play Jesus of Nazareth in the Ben-Hur remake.

The 300 star is eyeing the role of Christ in MGM and Paramount Picture's film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Sofia Black D'Elia and Ayelet Zurer will also feature in director Timur Bekmambetov's movie.

Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ forms the basis for the film, centring on Judah Ben-Hur (Huston), a prince in Jerusalem who is betrayed and sold into slavery.

The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.

Santoro reprised his role as Xerxes last year in 300: Rise of an Empire and will appear with Natalie Portman in the upcoming Western Jane Got a Gun.

Ben-Hur will be released in February 2016. »

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'Ben-Hur' Remake Finds Jesus Christ In Rodrigo Santoro

14 January 2015 1:51 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Rodrigo Santoro is your new Jesus. He'll portray the Bible's most famous figure in Ben-Hur, the MGM and Paramount remake based on the novel by Lew Wallace.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film is said to have a message of forgiveness and Jesus Christ appears several times in the piece. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion.

Jack Huston is playing the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Morgan Freeman also stars, as the man who trains Ben-Hur to win at chariot-racing. Sofia Black D'Elia and Ayelet Zurer also star.

In 1959, William Wyler adapted the book unto the big screen; the film went on to win 11 Oscars. Lately, Hollywood has shown a great deal of interest in religious, bible-based films. Last year we saw Noah, along with Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Ben-Hur hopes to »

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Rodrigo Santoro Is Jesus In "Ben-Hur"

13 January 2015 9:21 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rodrigo Santoro ("300") is in negotiations to portray Jesus Christ in Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur" for MGM and Paramount.

Jack Huston is starring as the Jewish prince betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala (Toby Kebbell). He soon fights his way to freedom and vengeance.

Unlike the previous film adaptation, this one will be more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel which features scenes of Jesus appearing several times. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion.

Morgan Freeman, Sofia Black D'Elia and Ayelet Zurer also star. Filming aims to begin shortly in Europe.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Rodrigo Santoro to Play Jesus Christ in ‘Ben-Hur’

13 January 2015 5:44 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rodrigo Santoro is in talks to join the cast of Timur Bekmambetov‘s “Ben-Hur” remake for MGM and Paramount, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Santoro would play Jesus Christ, who figures in several key scenes in the film about the titular Jewish Prince, played by Jack Huston, who is forced into slavery by his former friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell).

Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’

Ayelet Zurer plays Ben-Hur’s mother, while Sofia Black-d’Elia plays his sister. Morgan Freeman and Pedro Pascal will co-star in the epic period picture, »

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Rodrigo Santoro is Going from Xerxes in '300' to Jesus in 'Ben-Hur'

13 January 2015 5:06 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Paramount Pictures and MGM have had the leads for their remake of Ben-Hur set since last year with Jack Huston playing the titular Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell (of the Fantastic Four reboot and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). The rest of the cast includes Morgan Freeman as Ben-Hur's chariot trainer as well as Olivia Cooke and Ayelet Zurer. Now THR has word on another pivotal cast member with 300 franchise villain and Love Actually co-star Rodrigo Santoro playing another Biblical figure, albeit less evil, as the son of God himself, Jesus Christ. Read on! It makes sense that Jesus would be an important part of the story since the original Lew Wallace book from 1880 on which the film is based is called Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ. The messiah actually appears several times in the tale, »

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Rodrigo Santoro to Play Jesus in ‘Ben-Hur’

13 January 2015 4:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“300: Rise of an Empire” star Rodrigo Santoro is in negotiations to portray Jesus in the “Ben-Hur” reboot for MGM and Paramount.

Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are producing the film, set for release on Feb. 26, 2016.

Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is helming from a screenplay originally written by Keith Clarke, with revisions by “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley, who will exec produce along with Clarke and Jason F. Brown.

The project began taking shape in 2013 when MGM acquired Clarke’s script, an adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” That story focuses on the years prior to those portrayed the 1959 film, centering on the characters Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem, and his childhood friend Messala, who returns home as a commanding officer of the Roman legions and betrays the Ben-Hur family.

The novel is in the public domain. »

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Rodrigo Santoro To Play Ben-Hur's Jesus

13 January 2015 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Having played the bizarre giant god-emperor Xerxes in 300 and its sequel Rise Of An Empire, Rodrigo Santoro is now in line to play another religious icon. He's negotiating to be one Jesus of Nazareth in MGM and Paramount's upcoming Ben-Hur remake. Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted) is directing. Yes indeed, ladies and gentlemen: Timur Bekmambetov has found Jesus. Thank you, we'll be here all week.In the 1959 film, Jesus shows up towards the end. Charlton Heston's Ben-Hur takes the ailing Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell) to be healed, but they arrive too late. Jesus' trial, presided over by Pontius Pilate (Frank Thring) has already begun, and Ben-Hur then witnesses the events of the crucifixion. Jesus was played on this occasion by the opera singer Claude Heater, although his name doesn't appear in the credits.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel (which actually carries on significantly beyond Jesus' execution), the »

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Gossip Girl's Sofia Black-d'Elia joins Ben-Hur remake

13 January 2015 7:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sofia Black-d'Elia has joined the Ben-Hur remake.

The Gossip Girl actress will appear alongside Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman and Toby Kebbell in Timur Bekmambetov's film, reports Deadline.

Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ forms the basis for the film, centring on Judah Ben-Hur (Huston), a prince in Jerusalem who is betrayed and sold into slavery.

The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.

Black-D'Elia will play Ben-Hur's sister Tirzah, who opposes the occupation of Jerusalem by the Romans.

Pedro Pascal and Homeland's Nazanin Boniadi will also feature in the movie

The actress also starred in Skins and will be seen in Blumhouse's Viral and the Michael Bay-produced time travel film Project Almanac.

Ben-Hur will be released in February 2016. »

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Sofia Black-d’Elia Lands ‘Ben-Hur’ Role

12 January 2015 4:28 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Skins and Gossip Girl actress Sofia Black-D’Elia has been cast opposite Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Toby Kebbell in Ben-Hur, which Timur Bekmambetov is directing for MGM and Paramount Pictures.

The historical epic chronicles the blood feud between Judah Ben-Hur (Huston) and Messala that erupts when Messala (Kebbell) condemns his childhood friend to slavery and certain death aboard a Roman warship.

Black-D’Elia will take the role of Tirzah, Judah’s sister who becomes quietly political when the Roman Empire takes control of Jerusalem. She is imprisoned alongside her mother and both contract leprosy before Judah returns home to free his family and avenge them all.

Produced by The Bible’s Mark Burnett, Keith Clarke, Jason Brown and Sean Daniel for The Sean Daniel Company, and Joni Levin for Point Blank Productions, the remake will hew more closely to the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ »

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Sofia Black-d.Elia Joins Ben-Hur

12 January 2015 4:03 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

She’s been seen on screens big and small in the likes of Skins, Gossip Girl and The Immigrant, but Sofia Black-D’Elia is preparing to take a step into blockbuster territory, securing the role of Tirzah in Ben-Hur.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to chronicle the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and Messala (Toby Kebbell), best friends growing up in Jerusalem. Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector who is packed off to be educated in Rome for five years. Upon his return, Messala mocks our hero for his religion. After an accident he pins on his friend, he has him sold into slavery, while imprisoning his mother and sister (a role that Olivia Cooke was circling until recently, but that Black-D’Elia will now fill). Cue a quest for revenge »

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