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Timur Bekmambetov is amassing quite the cast for his Ben-Hur remake. He’s already got Jack Huston set to lead as the title character, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who’s wrongly accused of harming a governor and sold into slavery with Morgan Freeman stepping in as Ildarin, the man responsible for training him to become a top chariot racer. Toby Kebbell will portray the film’s villain, Messala, Ben-Hur’s former best friend who’s responsible for manipulating the aforementioned accident to make Ben-Hur look guilty. Now there are reports claiming that both Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Gal Gadot are in the mix as well. Hit the jump to find out more about who they may be playing. The Ben-Hur remake is set for a February 26, 2016 release and is expected to go into production in Europe in early 2015. According to THR, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Movies give Pontius Pilate a bad wrap. Yes, he gave the orders to crucify Jesus Christ. But check canonical Biblical writing and one finds a tinge of reluctance, a man of power caving under the peoples' demands. Plus, would we still be talking about God's Son if Pilate didn't off him in the grisliest way possible? Silver linings. Pending deals, the next on-screen Pilate could add all this nuance with a splash of smarmy charm. Deadline reports that "Game of Thrones" favorite Pedro Pascal is in talks to play Judaea's prefect in the upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur." The film is said to skew closer to Lew Wallace's 1880 novel than the 1959 Charlton Heston-led epic, which chronicled the parallel stories of Jewish prince-turned-slave Judah Ben-Hur's quest for revenge and Christ's Passion. The in the original film, Pilate presides over the major chariot race setpiece and orders Jesus' death. He »
- Matt Patches
Following the announcement of a standalone Wonder Woman movie, Gal Gadot has also been revealed to be in the running for the female lead of the Ben-Hur remake. Gadot will play Esther in the movie. Since being cast as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actress has become highly sort after for a range of roles.
The new version of Ben-Hur is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and is based upon the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ, with Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) contibuting to the script. It will tell the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and his blood fued with childhood friend Messala, a Roman who betrays Ben-Hur, resulting in him being sold into slavery and vowing revenge.
- Thomas Roach
Gal Gadot is not going to put her new Wonder Woman physique to waste. After she finishes up shooting Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, THR reports that the actress may hop aboard MGM’s Ben-Hur remake. At this stage the actress is in early talks with the studio, who are keen to unleash their biblical sandal reboot on a new generation of filmgoers in the next eighteen months.
So far, the casting slate is filling up nicely, with a mixed roster of Hollywood lookers as well as a seasoned veteran thrown in to equal out the eye candy. Leading the charge against the perils of slavery will be Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur, a noble Jewish prince who’s conned into slavery by his supposed best friend, Messala. That villainous part has been nabbed by Toby Kebbell, who’s primed to be somewhat of a go-to badboy after his »
- Gem Seddon
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Set along the tumultuous Arizona-Mexico border, the film follows Miguel (Michael Peña, End of Watch), a hardworking father and devoted husband who crosses the border illegally and is wrongfully accused of murdering the wife of a former sheriff (Harris). Miguel’s pregnant wife (Longoria) lands in the hands of corrupt Mexican “Coyote” smugglers as she tries to help her husband, while the ex-lawman investigates his wife’s death and unearths evidence that could destroy one family’s future.
Following its online premiere in July, Frontera received a liimited release to theaters in September. Critics were generally underwhelmed, with the PG=13-rated movie garnering a 5.8/10 rating based on 24 published reviews. »
Exclusive: The Twilight Saga’s Nikki Reed has been cast opposite Harry Potter thesp Bonnie Wright in thriller The Highway Is For Gamblers. Writer-director Alexandra McGuinness follows her debut film Lotus Eaters with the desert-set tale of Jane (Reed), a newly crowned rodeo queen who goes missing, and her friend Heidi (Wright), who uncovers secrets and encounters the violence of life on the road while searching for her pal. Vikings’ Gustaf Skarsgård and pop singer/actor Joe Jonas round out the indie cast.
Philip Gray and Mark Lee are producers on the film, which has a November shoot planned for California’s San Bernardino County. They filmmakers have raised the bulk of their budget independently but also have turned to Kickstarter, seeking $165,000 in finishing funds. With a concerted social media push in the works, that goal might be achieved before long; among Reed, Wright, and Jonas, the film’s social »
- Jen Yamato
British actor Toby Kebbell is on a roll as he’s now in talks to play the villainous Messala in MGM and Paramount’s upcoming remake of the award winning 1959 classic which won Charlton Heston an Oscar.
Kebbell delivered a fantastic performance in an episode of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed Black Mirror and found fame in Hollywood after landing roles in Wrath of the Titans and The Counselor. However, he proved that British actors are always the best choice to play villains as motion-capture creation Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He’ll also suit up next year as the evil Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four.
In Ben-Hur, Kebbell will play Messala, the man that the title character (who will be played by Jack Huston) hopes to take vengeance on after surviving years of slavery because his best friend betrayed him.
- Josh Wilding
• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »
- Jake Perlman
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
MGM and Paramount Pictures have announced that Jack Huston (American Hustle, "Boardwalk Empire") will play the title role in the upcoming "Ben-Hur" remake, which already has Morgan Freeman on board as Ildarin, who teaches Ben-Hur how to race chariots. The new movie will once again be 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's adapted for the big screen by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). "Ben-Hur" will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and is expected to begin filming in Europe next year. It's set to hit theaters on February 26th, 2016. »
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
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!
- Dan Bullock
Hot on the heels of joining the cast of Ted 2, Morgan Freeman has been announced as the first cast member of Timue Bekmambetov's (Night Watch, Wanted) Ben-Hur remake. Freeman will play Ildarin, the men who trains Ben-Hur. The title role has yet to be cast, but Tom Hiddleston was being eyed for the role last month, but no official decision has been announced yet. Written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), with revisions from 12 Years a Slaves' John Ridley, Bekmambetov's no doubt incredibly stylish Ben-Hur is set for release on February 26th 2016. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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 »
- Brad Brevet
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. »
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 »
- Chris Eggertsen
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, »
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.
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 »
- Mike Fleming Jr
It’s not technically a remake, since the script for director Timur Bekmambetov’s new production is based on the source novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, and not the 1959 film adaptation that starred Charlton Heston and won 11 Academy Awards. But still, audiences will undoubtedly be rolling their eyes at the prospect of yet another unoriginal story elbowing its way into the multiplexes. Ben-Hur already has four film adaptations and a TV mini-series to his name. Surely we’ve seen all this before, right? Well, maybe not.
As reported by Variety, this adaptation is written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), with Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) holding the reins. MGM began developing the project before welcoming Paramount aboard as co-producers and distributors, following previous collaborations on films such as Hercules and Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters. It will also be produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, »
- Sarah Myles
Looks like another beloved film is getting a remake, this time around it's Charlton Heston's classic film Ben-Hur. MGM announced today that they've brought on a pair of new producers to the project (who are no strangers to Biblical style epics), and while doing so, also revealed a release date for the upcoming film. Come inside to learn more about it.
Let me get this out of the way first...I think a new Ben-Hur movie could be awesome. The original story is pretty darn fun and entertaining, but younger audiences don't want to give the older film the chance. So a remake could really work, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. The film is set to release on February 26, 2016, and has added a pair of producers who've previously worked on this year's Son of God. From the press release:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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