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Jack Huston takes the reins in first look at Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-Hur

03.14.2016

It's not everyday that one of the biggest biblical epics of all time gets remade, but we're just a few short months away from Timur Bekmambetov's adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ". This will be the third time we'll be witness to the tale of Judah Ben-Hur on the big-screen, the most famous adaptation being 1959's BEN-HUR which starred Charlton Heston in the lead role. Bekmambetov's take on BEN-HUR stars Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and our first look at the film arrived today by way of USA Today.

Those of you who have watched Charlton Heston's BEN-HUR are familiar with the incredible chariot-race sequence which took months to film using one of the biggest sets ever built and utilizing thousands of extras. We're obviously in for a new take on that sequence judging from the images above, but they're going to have to pull out all the stops to even come close to matching that classic sequence. Timur Bekmambetov hopes that he has, saying that the chariot race will be the "crown jewel" of his film. BEN-HUR stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Pilou Asbæk, and Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, who trains Ben-Hur. Huston spoke a little about the upcoming film:

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. 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?

BEN-HUR is set for a August 12, 2016 release.

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Extra Tidbit: Any Boardwalk Empire fans out there who still find it odd to see both sides of Huston's face?
Source: USA Today

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8:00AM on 03/15/2016
Except in today's remake, there won't be dozens and dozens of injured and killed horses.
Except in today's remake, there won't be dozens and dozens of injured and killed horses.
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4:36AM on 03/15/2016
What's with the modern day haircut?!
What's with the modern day haircut?!
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4:40AM on 03/15/2016
and the sweater from Gap
and the sweater from Gap
4:30AM on 03/15/2016

I read somewhere...

... that it was Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) who shot the chariot race as he worked as a second unit director for the movie....
I love Timur Bekmanbetov, Wanted and Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter are guilty pleasures for me, and I loved his russians movies Night Watch and Day Watch. Very impatiant to see the trailer !!!!
... that it was Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) who shot the chariot race as he worked as a second unit director for the movie....
I love Timur Bekmanbetov, Wanted and Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter are guilty pleasures for me, and I loved his russians movies Night Watch and Day Watch. Very impatiant to see the trailer !!!!
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10:31AM on 03/15/2016
I thought Night Watch was good enough to read the books. After I read the books, I watched Day Watch and Night Watch and the movies were ruined for me. The books were much better.
I thought Night Watch was good enough to read the books. After I read the books, I watched Day Watch and Night Watch and the movies were ruined for me. The books were much better.
10:40AM on 03/15/2016
thanks, was wondering if I read the books or not
thanks, was wondering if I read the books or not
10:07PM on 03/14/2016
This is going to flop so hard.
This is going to flop so hard.
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4:39AM on 03/15/2016
how do you know? we haven't seen anything.
how do you know? we haven't seen anything.
9:21PM on 03/14/2016
I wonder how if at all this film will address the slaughter of Christians and Muslims at the hands of ISIS, Boko Haram, and other Islamic terror groups. You know maybe if they watch this film they'll stop.
I wonder how if at all this film will address the slaughter of Christians and Muslims at the hands of ISIS, Boko Haram, and other Islamic terror groups. You know maybe if they watch this film they'll stop.
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