It’s been quite some time since we last heard anything about the upcoming Ben-Hur remake, but now the first official images have been released from this new take on the movie which follows the 1959 version starring Charlton Heston (that won an epic 11 Academy Awards).
Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston is taking over the title role, while Timur Bekmambetov is at the helm. Similar to the original, this version retells Ben Hur’s story, and he’s depicted here as “a prince a prince in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who is betrayed by his adopted brother Messala. He loses everything, spends five years in the galley of a Roman slave ship and takes on an empire — and the man who did him wrong — in a grand chariot race.”
The rest of the movie’s cast is made up of Nazanin Boniadi as Esther, Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus, Pilou Asbaek as Pontius Pilate, and Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, who trains Ben-Hur.
“There’s something really beautiful about it, especially in the current climate of the world, about different religions and people being at odds against each other,” Huston explains about how his Ben-Hur relates to the real world. “How do we find our way out of this, how do we forgive, how do we forget, how do we move on, how should we treat our fellow human?”