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Jack Huston to play Ben-Hur lead in remake

14 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston has been added to the Ben-Hur remake.

The Wrap reports that the actor will play the titular character in Timur Bekmambetov's remake of the 1959 biblical movie.

The Paramount and MGM production has already recruited Morgan Freeman for the role of Ildarin, the man who oversees the slave Judah Ben-Hur's transformation to champion chariot racer.

Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ forms the basis for the film, centring on Judah Ben-Hur, 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.

Charlton Heston played the lead role in the original 1959 film.

Ben-Hur is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. »

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A movie star in the making: 'Boardwalk Empire's' Jack Huston is your new 'Ben-Hur'

15 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jack Huston is your new "Ben-Hur." The "Boardwalk Empire" star has been set to play the title role in MGM and Paramount's upcoming remake, according to Deadline. Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") is set to direct the epic film, in which Morgan Freeman was previously cast as Ildarin, the man who trains Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer. As we reported last month, Tom Hiddleston had previously been eyed for the lead role. Best known for his role as masked hitman Richard Harrow on the HBO crime drama, Huston has also appeared in a number of recent films including "American Hustle," "Kill Your Darlings" and David Chase's "Not Fade Away." Upcoming big-screen credits for the actor include "Posthumous" opposite Brit Marling, Nicholas Sparks adaptation "The Longest Ride" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," an adaptation of the bestselling mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Based on the hugely popular 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Jack Huston Is The New "Ben-Hur"

15 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston has scored the title role in Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming "Ben-Hur" remake at MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures.

The new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel focuses on a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend Messala who betrayed him. Both have to choose between retribution and forgiveness.

The key role of Messala is to be cast next. Morgan Freeman came onboard recently as Ildarin, the character who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer. Also still to be cast is Jesus Christ whose story parallels with Ben-Hur in the film.

Huston beat out Tom Hiddleston who was reportedly linked to the project last month, but at the time the "Thor" actor was considering several offers.

No word on a production start date, but the film is targeting a February 26th 2016 release.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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'Ben-Hur' Casts 'Boardwalk Empire' Star Jack Huston in Title Role

16 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures have decided on Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston to play the title role in their Ben-Hur remake.

We reported last month that the studios were eyeing Tom Hiddleston to play Ben-Hur, but that report revealed the actor was also mulling over a number of other offers, such as MGM's Me Before You.

The studios will set their sights on casting the role of Messala next, the one-time friend of Ben-Hur who frames him for an accident, which causes him to be sold in to slavery. This duplicitous act ignites Ben-Hur's long journey for revenge. Along the way, he meets Ildarin (Morgan Freeman), who teaches the title character to become a champion chariot racer.

The story is said to be much more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel, with the remake including the parallel story of Jesus Christ, which wasn't included in the 1959 Ben-Hur film that starred Charlton Heston. »

- MovieWeb

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MGM and Paramount Tap Jack Huston to Play ‘Ben-Hur’

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

MGM and Paramount Pictures seem to have found the man to take over the reigns of biblical character Judah Ben-Hur in the remake of the 1959 classic.

Sources tell Variety that Jack Huston has been tapped to star in “Ben-Hur” that Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) is directing.

The script was written by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley and Keith Clarke, who sold the original spec to MGM.

The film is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” and follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.

The pic is set to bow on Feb. 26, 2016.

Ben-Hur” joins the long list of Hollywood’s recent interest in biblical stories that have either bowed or are set to bow in the next couple of years. Paramount had already seen success from this genre with “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Ben-Hur’ Remake: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston Lands Title Role

16 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.

MGM and Paramount still have to find their Messala, Ben-Hur’s former close friend-turned-bitter rival. Actors have been circling both parts, and it looked for a while there like Huston might have played the latter. He read for that role, but Bekmambetov decided instead he had the sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role, the one that brought »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Jack Huston Is The New Ben-Hur

23 hours ago | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though it looked for a while as if Tom Hiddleston would be the new Ben-Hur, he is now headed in a different direction as was revealed yesterday. Nope, the man looking to fill a role once assayed by Charlton Heston is Jack Huston.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to chronicle the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, best friends growing up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire takes over. 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, he mocks our hero for his religion, and, after an accident he pins on his friend, has him sold into slavery. Cue a quest for revenge that culminates (at least in the 1959 Heston film) in the iconic chariot race.Morgan Freeman is already aboard to play Ildarin, »

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Morgan Freeman Will Dispense Deep-Voiced Chariot Wisdom in ‘Ben-Hur’

12 September 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Somewhere, someone owes Morgan Freeman $20. Because someone was foolish enough to bet Hollywood’s sagest actor that he couldn’t land roles in both the Ben-Hur remake and the pot-smoking teddy bear sex comedy in the span of 36 hours. And Freeman has proved this poor fool wrong. At least, that’s what I assume has happened. Here’s the news, which brings us the first official cast member for the latest adaptation of Lew Wallace’s classic Christian novel: Deadline announced that Freeman has come aboard Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake-stravaganza. He is playing Ildarin, the sheik who instructs Judah Ben-Hur in the ways of chariot racing. It’s most definitely a “wise old man” role, but that fits Freeman to a T — after all, he is our nation’s foremost expert in dispensing time-tested wisdom and then chuckling to himself, softly. It’s been said roughly six billion times that doing a Ben-Hur remake is some kind »

- Adam Bellotto

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Morgan Freeman joins Ben-Hur remake

12 September 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Morgan Freeman has been cast in the Ben-Hur remake.

The actor has become the first official casting for Timur Bekmambetov's MGM and Paramount Pictures project, reports Deadline.

Freeman will play Ildarin, the man who oversees the slave Judah Ben-Hur's transformation to champion chariot racer.

It has been reported that Tom Hiddleston is wanted for the lead role, but the casting is yet to be confirmed.

The film will be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, centring on Judah Ben-Hur, 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.

Charlton Heston starred in the famous 1959 film.

Freeman was also recently cast in Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2.

Development of Ben-Hur is in the early stages. The film »

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Elizabeth Olsen Joins Tom Hiddleston in I Saw The Light; Morgan Freeman Set for Ben-hur Remake

12 September 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Tom Hiddleston is getting some company in the upcoming Hank Williams biopic.  Deadline reports that Elizabeth Olsen has joined the cast of I Saw the Light, which sees Hiddleston taking on the life of the legendary country music star who gained notoriety for classics like “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” before dying of heart failure at the age of 29.  Olsen will be playing Williams’ wife Audrey Mae, who split from her husband after seven years of marriage due to Williams’ alcohol, morphine, and painkiller addictions.  Their relationship was a turbulent one to say the least, and I imagine Olsen will be a swell fit alongside Hiddleston in the film.  Marc Abraham is directing, and Hiddleston will be doing all of his own singing. Hit the jump for some big casting news concerning the upcoming Ben-Hur remake. Additionally, Deadline reports that Morgan Freeman has signed »

- Adam Chitwood

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Morgan Freeman Will Teach Ben Hur to Become a Champion Chariot Racer in MGM's Reboot of the Classic

12 September 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Morgan Freeman has joined the cast of MGM's completely unnecessary reboot of the classic sword-and-sandals epic "Ben-Hur," based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ." That Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterWanted") is attached to direct, makes this an even tougher pill for me to swallow, given the filmmaker's usual style. This reboot will probably be closer in look and feel to films like "300" than anything resembling the 1959 Charleton Heston film, directed by William Wyler, that cleaned up at the Oscars that year (there was an »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Morgan Freeman Signs On For Ben-Hur Remake

12 September 2014 6:42 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hot on the heels of his agreement to star in Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel Ted 2, Morgan Freeman has put pen to paper to be involved in an upcoming film that is, let’s just say, a slight departure from a pot-smoking teddy bear with an attitude. That production in question, dear readers, is Timur Bekmambetov’s ambitious remake of William Wyler’s 1959 epic, Ben-Hur.

According to a report by Deadline, the Oscar-winning actor will join the project as Ildarin, a wise old man that trains our titular protagonist in the fine arts of chariot racing. Based on Lew Wallace’s revered 1880 novel, Bekmambetov’s modern retelling is said to explore the early life of one Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, two best friends who find their relationship put to the test once the Roman Empire takes over.

At this stage, there are no other casting announcements to be made; although, »

- Michael Briers

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Morgan Freeman joins Ben-Hur remake

12 September 2014 6:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After news reached us earlier in the week that Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman is to star in Ted 2, it has emerged over the last 24 hours that the actor is keeping himself even busier, with word that the actor has become the first actor signed on to co-star ithe remake of Ben-Hur.

MGM and Paramount’s upcoming film, which is to be directed by Night Watch and Wanted director  Timur Bekmambetov, will see Freeman play Ildarin, the man who trains Ben-Hur. Earlier in the month, rumours had spread that Loki/ Thor star Tom Hiddleston was being eyed for the lead role, but as of yet no official word on whether those rumours are true.

The new take on Ben-Hur was originally scripted by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), but has been having re-writes done by  Academy Award-winner John Ridley, who wrote last year’s Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave, and is »

- Scott Davis

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Morgan Freeman Cast in New Ben-hur Film

12 September 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The first official casting announcement has been made by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov for MGM's Ben-Hur. He has cast Morgan Freeman in the role of Ildarin, "the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion caliber chariot racer." Freeman will be awesome in the film. Why wouldn't he be? The actor is great in everything he's in. 

The studio and director are still looking to cast the main character in the story, Judah Ben-Hur, and his friend turned rival Messala. A few weeks ago it was reported that Tom Hiddleston was wanted for the lead role, but there's no word on whether that is still the case. 

The film will be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, and according to Deadline,

"This version plays up the parallel storyline of Jesus Christ, but the focus is the blood feud between Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, »

- Joey Paur

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Morgan Freeman Joins Bekmambetov’s ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

12 September 2014 2:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Morgan Freeman, the man who never gets any older, has been confirmed to take on the role of Ildarin in Timur Bekmambetov’s vision of Ben-hur.

His character is the fella who trains Ben-Hur, for the adaptation based Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The Way Back’s Keith Clarke wrote the original screenplay but it’s since been taken over and had a few rewrites by 12 Years A Slave’s John Ridley. You’ll know Bekmambetov’s work as it’s incredibly visceral and falls somewhere in-between Ridley Scott and Zack Snyder with the likes of Night Watch (2004) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) – The latter being better than you’d think!

Morgan Freeman is no stranger to epic tales and is the first fully confirmed member of the cast, with Tom Hiddleston still being a rumour, but with him on board it’ll surely perk »

- Dan Bullock

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'Ben-Hur' Remake Casts Morgan Freeman

11 September 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one day after joining Universal's comedy sequel Ted 2, Morgan Freeman has signed on for a role in Paramount and MGM's Ben-Hur reboot.

Morgan Freeman is portraying Ildarin, the man who teaches the title character to become a champion chariot racer. The studios are reportedly close to finding the two main characters, Judah Ben-Hur and his former friend turned bitter rival Messalla. We reported last month that Tom Hiddleston was being courted to play Ben-Hur, but it remains unclear whether or not he will accept the role. It isn't known what other actors are in contention for these two main characters.

The reboot is said to stick closer to the original 1880 Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 movie Ben-Hur did. The focus is still on the feud between Ben-Hur and the treacherous Messalla, who betrays his longtime friend and frames him for an accident, causing Ben-Hur to be sold into slavery. »

- MovieWeb

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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain eyeing 'villain' role in Xavier Dolan film

11 September 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• After singing his praises on Twitter, Jessica Chastain has been approached by director Xavier Dolan (Mommy) to play a part in his first English-language feature The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Chastain would play the “villain,” an editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. The satirical film follows an American movie star with a secret correspondence with an 11 year-old in London. [The Wrap]

Morgan Freeman has reportedly been offered the role of Ildarin in the Ben-Hur remake. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film that will be based more on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ than the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston. »

- Jake Perlman

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Morgan Freeman Joins Ben-Hur

11 September 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We do not know who will anchor the new Ben-Hur as of yet – though Tom Hiddleston is chief among those who have been rumoured – but one cast member at least is in place. Morgan Freeman has officially signed on to the film.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version will chronicle more of the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, best friends growing up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire takes over. 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, he mocks our hero for his religion, and, after an accident he pins on his friend, finds a way to have him sold into slavery. Cue a quest for revenge that culminates (at least in the 1959 Charlton Heston film) in the iconic chariot race. »

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Casting: Freeman, Olsen, Cooper, Neill, Bibb

11 September 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ben-Hur

Morgan Freeman has scored the first role in Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming new take on Lew Wallace's novel "Ben-Hur" for MGM and Paramount. Shooting begins in Europe early next year.

Freeman will play Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer. Keith Clarke wrote the script and John Ridley did the rewrite. [Source: Deadline]

I Saw the Light

Elizabeth Olsen will team with Tom Hiddleston in the Marc Abraham-directed Hank Williams biopic "I Saw the Light" for RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media Finance. Olsen will play Williams' wife Audrey Mae in the film which begins shooting next month in Louisiana.

Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with numerous hit songs. He also suffered from spina bifida and died at age 29 after struggling with alcoholism and addiction to prescription drugs. [Source: Variety]

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- Garth Franklin

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Morgan Freeman Set For ‘Ben-Hur’ Redo

11 September 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Gearing up to start production in Europe early next year, MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov have made their first formal casting in Ben-Hur. They’ve set Morgan Freeman to play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.

The studios are getting close to finding their Judah Ben-Hur and his friend-turned-bitter-rival Messala. I’ve reported that Tom Hiddleston was one of those being courted, and at this point it’s not clear if he will take part. They’ve set a February 26, 2016, release date on the epic remake, that is based more closely on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ – the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind — than the 1959 William Wyler-directed film that starred Charlton Heston. Keith Clarke wrote the script and John Ridley did the rewrite. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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