Ben-Hur Remake Snags Morgan Freeman
by Rob Goldman
The remake of the 1959 historical epic drama Ben-Hur has finally got it’s first big casting news today. Morgan Freeman! That’s right god himself will be traveling back in time to play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer.
This comes fresh off the news that Morgan Freeman would be joining the cast of Ted 2. Seems like everybody wants a piece of the veteran actor and I have no problem with this.
Being that a release date of February 2016 has already been announced we should probably be hearing the next big casting news from this film soon. Rumors have it that Tom Hiddleston is the front runner for the role of Ben-Hur.
According to Deadline, “This version plays up the parallel storyline of Jesus Christ, but the focus is the blood feud between Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, who grew up best friends before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem. Judah Ben-Hur was a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector. After the latter leaves to be educated in Rome for five years, the young man returns with a different attitude and mocks Judah and his religion. When a procession passes by Judah’s house and a roof tile accidentally falls and hits the governor, Messala betrays his childhood friend and manipulates the accident so that Judah is sold into slavery and certain death on a Roman warship, with his mother and sister thrown in prison for life. Judah vows revenge, culminating in the famed chariot races.”
Check out the trailer for the original Ben-Hur:
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