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Tom Hiddleston eyed to lead Ben-Hur remake

08.12.2014

The cast of the upcoming MGM and Paramount remake of BEN-HUR is beginning to take shape. Reports indicate that Tom Hiddleston is being sought out to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic. The Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) directed remake is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was adapted into the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston.

Oscar-winning 12 YEARS A SLAVE screenwriter John Ridley wrote the most recent draft of BEN-HUR and the producers of The Bible miniseries Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have joined the project. So with those figures in place, it should come as no surprise that the story of Jesus Christ is going to be more prominent in this version. Hiddleston is said to be the top choice to fill Heston’s sandles in the BEN-HUR remake, but it’s not official yet. If you need your Hiddleston fix, he recently wrapped Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK and set to play legendary country star Hank Williams in I SAW THE LIGHT.

BEN-HUR is set to be released February 26, 2016; we will keep you posted on Hiddleston’s status.

Source: Deadline

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12:40PM on 08/13/2014
You lost me with Timur Bekmambetov: I haven't liked anything he's done, and I really wanted to like the NIGHT WATCH films.
You lost me with Timur Bekmambetov: I haven't liked anything he's done, and I really wanted to like the NIGHT WATCH films.
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7:45AM on 08/13/2014
Ben Hur is a classic. It doesn't need a remake. Remake something shitty like attack of the killer tomatoes
Ben Hur is a classic. It doesn't need a remake. Remake something shitty like attack of the killer tomatoes
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2:12AM on 08/13/2014
I hope he stays far, far away from this.
I hope he stays far, far away from this.
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9:43PM on 08/12/2014

Hiddleston, I like!

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9:44PM on 08/12/2014
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9:45PM on 08/12/2014
aw...wtf!
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11:20PM on 08/12/2014
The code on the strike backs thinks anything with too many dashes or ellipses is a url. It is somewhat annoying.
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9:39PM on 08/12/2014
Will watch anything the man does, but he sort of seems above something like this with the exceptional talent he oozes with each one of his roles and performances.
Will watch anything the man does, but he sort of seems above something like this with the exceptional talent he oozes with each one of his roles and performances.
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9:33PM on 08/12/2014
The Hiddles is great and all, but I doubt that will make up for Timur Bekmambetov directing or, you know, that someone is even trying to remake Ben frikkin' Hur.
The Hiddles is great and all, but I doubt that will make up for Timur Bekmambetov directing or, you know, that someone is even trying to remake Ben frikkin' Hur.
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