The actor joins Morgan Freeman, who was the first to be cast in Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake of the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston
The story follows childhood best friends Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, who become enemies after Messala betrays Judah, a Jewish prince, allowing him to be sold into slavery. After years as a slave plotting his revenge, the two come to blows, culminating in the chariot race made iconic by the 1959 Charlton Heston film.
Sean Daniel and Joni Levin will produce the remake, with Timur Bekmambetov on board to direct. Jason Brown will executive produce with screenwriter Keith Clarke (“
The new “Ben-Hur” is scheduled for a wide release on February 26, 2016.
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Huston is best known for his role as Richard Harrow on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” which is now airing its fifth and final season. He recently wrapped the
He is represented by UTA and Artists Partnership.