‘Ben-Hur’ Remake Casts Jack Huston in the Title Role
Although it was rumored that Tom Hiddleston was being eyed for the leading role in director Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming remake of 'Ben-Hur,' it seems the epic redo has found its leading man: 'Boardwalk Empire' star Jack Huston. Oh, sorry, guess you might not recognize him unless he's missing half of his face.
Deadline reports that Huston, known best to audiences for playing Richard Harrow, the murderer with a heart of gold on the hit HBO series, has been officially cast in the titular role in 'Ben-Hur.' Huston, who was also recently rumored to be in the running for 'Doctor Strange,' will join Morgan Freeman, who was cast in the remake last week.
The film follows the story of the Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, men whose friendship was torn apart when the Roman Empire seized control of Jerusalem. After Messala returns from receiving his education in Rome, he mocks and betrays Judah, who is then sold into slavery.
Freeman is playing the role of Ildarin, the man who trains Judah Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot-racer and helps him in his attempt to win his freedom. This particular adaptation, which has been rewritten by Academy Award-winner John Ridley ('12 Years a Slave'), is said to focus on the parallels to the story of Jesus Christ from the original novel, 'Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.'
So, you know -- Jesus, revenge, bloodsports ... it should be some pretty light-hearted summer blockbuster stuff. Bring the kids!