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Is Tom Hiddleston Chariot Ready For ‘Ben Hur’?

13 August 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It looks like Tom Hiddleston is being eyed up for the lead role in Ben-hur with direction coming from Wanted and Night Watch’s Timur Bekmambetov

The Thor actor is said to be a firm favorite with Timur Bekmambetov to play Judah Ben-Hur, in the forthcoming screen adaption of Lee Wallace’s classic 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. However, there are rumours that this might not come together at the moment due to Hiddleston’s other work commitments with I Saw The Light and High-rise

Scheduled to be released in cinemas 2016, this new version of the film will follow the younger years of Jewish prince Judah, and his friend Messala, who both grew up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire took over. The original Ben-hur was a silent film in 1925, which was then remade in 1959 starring Charlton Heston. The film had the biggest sets ever made for a film at the time, »

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted for Ben-hur

13 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is in the process of developing a Ben-Hur film for MGM and Paramount Pictures. According to Deadline, they've set a release date for February 26, 2016, and they are looking to cast Tom Hiddleston as Judah Ben-Hur.

The film will be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, so it's more of an adaptation than it is a remake. I think it's great, too. As big a fan as I am of the original movie, I think a new vision of the story with today's filmmaking technology could be incredible. 

No offer has been made yet, so the actor hasn't officially been cast. According to the report, there are other film offers that he's considering, and he can't do them all. A movie like Ben-Hur seems like it would be a huge deal, though. I mean… it's Ben freakin' Hur! 

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Avengers' Tom Hiddleston eyed for Ben-Hur remake

13 August 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hiddleston is being eyed for MGM and Paramount Pictures' Ben-Hur remake.

The Avengers star is being considered for the title role in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed film, reports Deadline.

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.

Hiddleston has said that he will not reprise his role as Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Development of Ben-Hur is in the early stages. The film is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. »

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Is Tom Hiddleston Our New Ben-Hur?

13 August 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Timur Bekmambetov is gearing up to direct an epic remake of Ben-Hur, and he may have found his star.

Deadline is reporting that Bekmambetov is interested in Tom Hiddleston for the role. I don't think anyone is in doubt that Hiddleston has the ability to  absolutely kill in this role. 

The film will be based on Lew Wallace's book Judah Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Here's a synopsis courtesy of Barnes & Noble:

The story takes its Jewish hero, Judah Ben-Hur, across the Roman Empire of the first century, initially on a quest for revenge against the Roman childhood friend who betrayed him and then finally on a more spiritual quest to understand the nature of the new teacher Jesus Christ.

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

Source: Deadline »

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Tom Hiddleston Sought for 'Ben-Hur' Remake

13 August 2014 7:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Word is MGM, Paramount and director Timur Bekmambetov are courting Tom Hiddleston to star in Bekmambetov's questionable Ben-Hur remake with Hiddleston to play the title role of Judah Ben-Hur. Of course, I'm sure the word "remake" is something the production will avoid considering they wouldn't likely want to be compared to William Wyler's 1959, Charlton Heston-led classic. Then again, with all the CGI that's likely to be used I doubt there will be much of a comparison to be made. Like the 1959 version and the 1925 silent film, this one will be an adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ" and the screenplay was written by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back). Clarke's version is said to hue more closely to the book than previous versions, playing up a parallel storyline involving Jesus Christ along with the blood feud between Ben-Hur and Messala. As much »

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Tom Hiddleston Eyed for Lead Role in ‘Ben-Hur’

13 August 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Once a novel has already been adapted into a classic film, there’s understandably a lot of pushback against any attempts at another adaptation after that. Such is the case with Ben-Hur, the 1959 adaptation of Lew Wallace’s “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”, which starred Charlton Heston as the eponymous Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy Jewish merchant who is condemned to slavery by his childhood friend, Messala, a commander of the Roman garrison.

Ben-Hur held the record for most Academy Awards for decades, which means that the upcoming revamp from Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov has quite a legacy to live up to. The spec script by Keith Clarke has recently been given a re-write by Oscar-winning 12 Years a ...

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

13 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

With a 2016 release date already in place, MGM and Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake is closing in on a lead. Tom Hiddleston is reportedly being courted for the title role, which was played by Charlton Heston in the 1959 movie. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the Ben-Hur remake. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the […]

The post Tom Hiddleston Wanted for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake appeared first on /Film. »

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Tom Hiddleston in Talks for Ben-Hur Remake

13 August 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

About two years ago, it was reported that MGM and Paramount Pictures were working on a remake of "Ben-Hur," which is based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel that outsold every book (outside of the Bible) until it was eventually beaten by "Gone With the Wind." It was then reported that "Wanted" helmer Timur Bekmambetov signed on direct from a script by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). The film also got a release date of February 26th, 2016. Now comes word that the studios are in talks with Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in "The Avengers," to take the lead role. The plan is to take more elements from the book than the original film did by focusing more on the storyline involving Jesus Christ. »

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted For Ben-Hur

13 August 2014 12:40 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With Timur Bekmambetov in place to direct, John Ridley figuring out the latest script draft and a 2016 release date racing towards MGM and Paramount like a runaway chariot, it appears the team behind the new Ben-Hur adaptation have a leading man in mind for the remake. Their choice? Tom Hiddleston.Before you start writing your Hur-ddleston fan fiction and dreaming up costume concepts, pull back on the reins. He’s only being wooed to take the part so far; talks have yet to even commence and Hiddleston is a man in demand, and is being courted for the likes of Me Before You (which is also produced by MGM, so that could likely be worked out).Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to follow more of the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, best friends growing up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire takes over. »

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Tom Hiddleston Is The Top Choice For The Ben-Hur Remake

12 August 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The chariots are calling Loki, and the Avengers villain just might answer. MGM is digging deep into its back catalog to resurrect Ben-Hur for a new audience, under the stewardship of director Timur Bekmambetov. It stands to reason that the part would be one of the most highly in-demand in Hollywood, and MGM surely could have gone with a big name, or a fresh face. Instead, they might be splitting the difference, eying a man familiar to most audiences, but still as-yet-untested in a lead role. Deadline reports that MGM wants Tom Hiddleston to star as the famous slave-turned-champion in 2016's Ben-Hur. This version is said to be more closely based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, where the fate of Judah Ben-Hur is contrasted with Jesus Christ. Yep, you've got religion in my gladiator epic! No, you've got gladiator epic in my religion! Oh boy! John »

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted For Ben-Hur Remake

12 August 2014 7:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline is reporting tonight that MGM and Paramount have their eye on Tom Hiddleston for the lead role in their Ben-Hur remake, which currently has Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct. If he signs on, the actor would step into the role of Judah Ben-Hur, which Charlton Heston played in the 1959 classic, and also won an Oscar for.

This new version of the biblical epic, which was penned by 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, is said to focus “on the nature of faith,” and follows a “falsely accused nobleman who sets out to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him.” It’s also being reported that the story of Jesus Christ will be more prominent in this version of the film, which makes sense seeing as Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of The Bible miniseries, are on board to produce here as well.

As for Hiddleston, »

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Tom Hiddleston in a toga? 'Avengers' star courted for 'Ben-Hur' remake

12 August 2014 6:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tom Hiddleston as Ben-Hur? MGM and Paramount are hoping to make that happen. With a release date of February 26, 2016 already set for the studios' forthcoming adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, the "Avengers" star is being eyed to take on the title role in the film for director Timur Bekmambetov ("The Darkest Hour"), according to Deadline. If Hiddleston were to take on the part, he would be the fifth actor to play the iconic character after Herman Rottger (1907), Ramon Novarro (1925), Charlton Heston (1959) and Joseph Morgan (2010). Set in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century, "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" tells the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and his rivalry with childhood friend Messala, a Roman commanding officer who has him falsely convicted for an alleged assassination attempt on the Roman governor. After being condemned to the Roman galleys, Judah later returns to Jerusalem to seek revenge on »

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Hiddleston Wanted For The "Ben-Hur" Remake

12 August 2014 5:58 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Loki himself, British actor Tom Hiddleston, is reportedly the top choice to lead Timur Bekmambetov's remake of "Ben-Hur" for MGM 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 who betrayed him but both have to choose between retribution and forgiveness.

Hiddleston is reportedly considering several projects at this point and is currently shooting Ben Wheatley's "High-Rise" alongside Luke Evans.

Source: Deadline »

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'Thor' Star Tom Hiddleston Wanted for the Lead in 'Ben-Hur'

12 August 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tom Hiddleston is reportedly the top choice for MGM, Paramount Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov to star in their Ben-Hur remake as the title character.

While it isn't known if an official offer has been extended to the actor yet, Tom Hiddleston is reportedly mulling over other projects such as MGM's Me Before You.

We first reported on the project back in January 2013, when MGM picked up the spec screenplay by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back) after the studio emerged from its bankruptcy troubles with hits such as Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The script is reportedly much more faithful to the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, which is currently in the public domain, centering on the early years of Judah Ben-Hur and Messalla, who were best friends as children before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem. After Messalla leaves for five years to be educated, he mocks his former friend's religion, »

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Tom Hiddleston Grabbing Sword & Sandals for 'Ben-Hur' Remake?

12 August 2014 5:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After creating chaos in Asgard and on Earth in the Thor franchise and The Avengers, it sounds like British actor Tom Hiddleston might venture into more traditional epic territory. Deadline has word that MGM and Paramount Pictures are courting the man who made Loki one of the most revered villains of the past decade to take the lead role in their remake of the classic Ben-Hur, or rather, the new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, directed by Timur Bekmambetov of Wanted. However, this isn't yet anywhere near being a done deal since he's considering other projects. More below! One other project that Hiddleston has on his potential future plate is Me Before You, an adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel that is also set up at MGM. That film focuses on a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs, and Will (the role »

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Thor Star Tom Hiddleston Eyed for Title Role in Ben-Hur Remake

12 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

MGM and Paramount Pictures are forging ahead with a Ben-Hur remake which will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), and a release of February 26th, 2016 has been set.

According to a new report, the studio are hoping to cast Tom Hiddleston (Avengers Assemble) as Judah Ben-Hur in the latest adaptation of 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ which was previously adapted in both 1925 as a silent film and later as the far more famous 1959 version with Charlton Heston.

However, Hiddleston has his hands full with a number of other projects, and it’s not clear whether the British actor has even entered talks as of yet. Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill has also been considered.

This version of Ben-Hur will apparently be much closer to the book, and the site that broke this news have provided a synopsis of sorts giving us an »

- Josh Wilding

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Casting Net: Mike Epps may play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

12 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »

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Tom Hiddleston Eyed to Lead Ben-hur Remake

12 August 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

MGM and Paramount are starting to put together their cast for the Ben-Hur remake, and they have their sights set high for the lead role.  Deadline reports that Tom Hiddleston is being courted to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic, which has Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov set to helm.  The pic is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was subsequently turned into a classic 1959 film starring Charlton Heston.  Bemkambetov’s version is described as focusing on the nature of faith, as it follows a falsely accused nobleman who sets out to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him.  Hit the jump for more on the prospect of Hiddleston’s casting. The folks at Deadline report that Hiddleston is apparently the top choice to fill Heston’s shoes in the Ben-Hur remake, but they caution that it’s not nearly a done deal. »

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Sweet Chariot! Tom Hiddleston Courted For ‘Ben-Hur’ Title Role

12 August 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov set a February 26, 2016, release date on an epic remake of Ben-Hur; have they found their chariot driver in Tom Hiddleston? I hear that he’s the one the studios are courting to play Judah Ben-Hur in the adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which was the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.

Related: MGM’s ‘Ben-Hur’ To Ride With Timur Bekmambetov As Director

Hiddleston isn’t being fitted for a toga just yet. He has other projects vying for his services, including the MGM pic Me Before You. Keith Clarke, who scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back, wrote the script that MGM pounced on after that company got ambitious following its emergence from bankruptcy and huge hits in Skyfall and The Hobbit. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey joined »

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Tom Hiddleston eyed to lead Ben-Hur remake

12 August 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

The cast of the upcoming MGM and Paramount remake of Ben-hur is beginning to take shape. Reports indicate that Tom Hiddleston is being sought out to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic. The Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) directed remake is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was adapted into the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston. Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley wrote the most recent draft of Ben-hur and the »

- Graham McMorrow

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