Friday, September 19, 2014

Actually, the New Ben-Hur Will Be...

Sorry, Hiddle-hunk, but it’s gonna be Jack Huston.

Yeah, that’s the news I came home from Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, to learn: That the Hollywood royal – against whom I have absolutely nothing – is the one who will pull a Charlton Heston to star in the forthcoming Timur Bekmambetov-helmed-directed remake of Ben-Hur.

Now, you may know Huston from his turns in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (he played Royce King), or from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, or from the recent Kill Your Darlings and/or American Hustle. So you get it...the guy can act and hold his own.

So maybe a new big-time star is born?

Anyway, Morgan Freeman also has jumped on board the new Ben-Hur, and will continue his fine tradition of mentoring movie people, as Ildarin, the teacher who turns the slave Ben-Hur into a chariot-racing champ.

You can see this new take on the Tinseltown classic of yore when it arrives in theaters in February 2016.


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