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Jack Huston Is ‘Ben-Hur’

Jack HustonAfter a stunning turn in Boardwalk Empire Jack Huston is pretty hot property. He was recently cast in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and now he taking on the lead role in a true epic. BEN-HUR is set to be remade by WANTED and NIGHT WATCH director Timur Bekmambetov, for MGM and Paramount Studios. Based on the classic novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ’, it follows a nobleman falsely accused of murdering a Roman soldier who endures years of slavery in order to return for his vengeance.

Originally starring Charlton Heston, the film is one of those rare occasions where a strong religious theme regarding faith doesn’t become too preachy nor encroach on a riveting story. The film set the bar for Academy Award wins with 11, a number that has only been equalled by TITANTIC and LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING. Huston joins Morgan Freeman in a film that is scripted by Keith Clarke and revised by 12 YEARS A SLAVE scribe John Ridley.

Bekmambetov, with his fast paced action filled back catalogue, slick visual style, and bombastic sound mixes, may not seem like a likely candidate for handling such an epic, but perhaps his larger than life imagination will bring pure spectacle back to the big screen. The religious tones will certainly guarantee a big box office, as proved by recent religious films.

Set for release on 26th February 2016, it seems as though the film will have a good run with a boost around Easter.

Source: Deadline

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