Deadline reports today that “Avengers” star Tom Hiddelston has been offered the lead role in the remake.
The report notes that the Hiddleston is not set to get behind a chariot, but he is MGM’s top choice for the role of Judah Ben-Hur. Hiddelston is a hot commodity, which can be credited to his memorable performance as Loki in several of Marvel Studios’ film.
The “Ben-Hur” remake is to be directed by “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov and the most recent draft of the script was worked on by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley.
The original “Ben-Hur” was released in 1959 and starred the late Charlton Heston. The film cemented Heston as a star and forever engraved him in the history of cinema taking home the Oscar for Best Actor.
Hiddleston is tailored for the role with his classical background and the gravitas he brings to the screen that was one full display in both the “Avengers” and the “Thor” films. His next big role is in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak," that is set for a October 15, 2015 release--he is also sure to reprise his role in Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Ben-Hur” currently does not have a release date.
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