Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur.
The industry website Deadline.com reported on Tuesday that Huston will take the title role of the rebellious slave in the planned film remake. Morgan Freeman has already been named in the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
Timur Bekmambetov will direct the epic to be filmed in Europe in 2015.
Charlton Heston made the role famous in the 1959 epic version directed by William Wyler. The chariot race is one of the most famous scenes in cinema history. The film is ranked as the 72nd-best American film by the American Film Institute.
Huston played the deadly Richard Harrow in Boardwalk Empire, a character forced to wear a mask due to serious face injuries received in World War I.
One of Huston’s first role’s in 2004 was as Flavius in a TV version of Spartacus. Huston’s paternal aunt is actress Anjelica Huston.
SOURCE: USA Today – Bryan Alexander