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Muse is co-producing Ben Hur with companies from Spain, Morocco, Germany and the United States. Shooting is currently taking place in Morocco. Among the people named as producers is David Wyler, the son of William Wyler. The senior Wyler directed the 1959 film version of Ben Hur starring Charlton Heston. That film won 11 Academy Awards.
The press release from Muse announcing the start of filming is below.
Los Angeles, Barcelona, Berlin, Montreal: May 5, 2009 - The legendary story of Ben Hur began principal photography May 4, 2009 and is being produced for the first time for television. Based on the original 1880’s novel by Lew Wallace,
While largely unknown outside Spain, here, Silvestre is simply "The Duke," in reference to the character he plays in the popular Colombian TV series "Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso." And while not the first local star to make the leap to the big screen, he may represent a new vanguard of marketable and potentially international stars for the Spanish film industry.
"There is a new generation of Spanish stars. They speak English, have traveled, have worked abroad and are ready for the international market," Spanish sales agent Latido's Massimo Saidel said. "They are definitely the group that the next Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas will come from."
Silvestre, Hugo Silva, Oscar Jaenada,
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