The "Ben-Hur" project has started to roll again with the latest report saying Tom Hiddleston is being courted to play the titular role. The remake was first announced in April this year with Timur Bekmambetov on board as director.
According to Deadline, Hiddleston's name is not yet set in stone as Judah Ben-Hur because he already has many projects lined up including "High-Rise", "I Saw the Light" and "Me Before You". Meanwhile, things are falling into its place behind the scene. Keith Clarke is locked to write the script, developing it from a draft by "12 Years a Slave" scribe John Ridley. Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Sean Daniel and Joni Levin will produce.
"Ben-Hur" is an adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel titled "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ". The story follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Both must come to choose between retribution or forgiveness.
MGM released a big-screen version of it first in 1925 as a silent film before remaking it in 1959 with Charlton Heston in the main role. The new version would be released on February 26, 2016 as a joint project between MGM and Paramount.