In many ways, it seems like we're heading back to the grand old days of Biblical epics with films like Noah, Son of God and Exodus: Gods and Kings all hitting theaters over the span of this year. At the beginning of 2016, MGM will be throwing another film in the mix as well and that would be their remake of the beloved classic, Ben-Hur. The original Ben-Hur starred Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins and was directed by William Wyler, who was nominated for twelve Oscars over the course of his storied career. Ben-Hur went on to win eleven Oscars including Best Picture, and when adjusted for inflation, it's the 13th highest grossing film of all time. This remake has a lot to live up to.
Timur Bekmambetov, who is best known for directing Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will be in the director's chair for this remake and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has found its star as well. THR is reporting that Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) will be starring in the film as Ben-Hur. The deal isn't finalized yet, but Huston's reps are in very serious talks with Paramount and MGM. Morgan Freeman is already set to star in the film as Ildarin. Expect official confirmation on the Huston deal sometime in the near future. I like the talent involved so far, but I'm not overly confident in this film. However, it's one to keep an eye on for sure. Ben-Hur will hit theaters on February 26, 2016.