*The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur is honored well in the Paramount/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presentation of Ben-Hur arriving in theaters August 19, 2016. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch) Ben- Hur stars Jack Huston (Spartacus) as Judah Ben-Hur a prince accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala played by Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) an officer in the Roman army. This is the retelling of the epic 1880 novel by Lew Wallace titled “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.”
The blockbuster saga of Ben-Hur was told in 1959 and starred Charleston Heston as Judah. The current tale of Ben-Hur, shot in Rome, takes place years before the 1959 adaptation of the novel but is just as masterful. In this version Ben-Hur is stripped of his title, separated from his family and the love of his life Esther played by Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) and forced into slavery for crimes he did not commit. He is forced to work on a Roman warship as faith smiles on Ben-Hur time and time again saving his life. Through a series of events he ends up at the camp of African Sheik Ilderim played by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, Invictus), who races chariots in the Roman arena. The African Sheik sees his talent for horse racing and makes a deal with Ben-Hur to win his freedom by winning the next Roman chariot race – against his adopted brother Messala.
Aimed at winning his freedom from Rome and seeking revenge from his brother Messala who is also competing in the chariot race, Ben-Hur instead through meeting Jesus Christ played by Rodrigo Santoro (The 33) found the spirit of forgiveness instead. The chariot race is only one of the most astonishing scenes in the epic film which is filled with them.
Ben-Hur also stars Ayelet Zurer (The Da Vinci Code) as Naomi – Judah’s mother; Sofia Black D’Elia (“Criminal Justice”) as Tirzah his sister; Pilou Asbaek (Despicable Me 2) as Pontius Pilate and Moises Arias (Worlds Apart) as Gestas. Written by John Ridley and Keith Clarke Ben-Hur is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason F. Brown. Produces include Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel, Duncan Henderson and Joni Levin. Screened in 2D, 3D, 3D Real and Digital 3D Ben-Hur is a Bazelevs, Lightworkers Media, and Sean Daniel production. You can watch the trailer or learn more about Ben-Hur by logging onto www.BenHurMovie.com.
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