MGM and Paramount Pictures have finally released the first official trailer for Ben-Hur, an intense and modern adaptation of a classic epic story based on Lew Wallace’s 1980 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), this remake stars Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Judah Ben-Hur, a Jerusalem prince thrown to slavery after being wrongly accused and betrayed by his childhood friend played by Toby Kebbell.
The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Sofia Black D’Elia, and Morgan Freeman as the be-wigged Ilderim, a sheik who helps Ben-Hur become a championed charioteer.
There have been 3 movie adaptations of Ben-Hur in the past, but the most notable version was the 1959 Charlton Heston-starred film, where it won an astonishing 11 Oscars (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King now has the same number of Oscars won). This sword-and-sandal epic took place during the time of Jesus Christ and has been praised for its exhilarating action sequences. All the Academy Awards of the 1959 pic has kept any possible remake at bay for nearly 60 years. Until now.
Ben-Hur rides its way into theaters on August 12.