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  • 2016
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi
  • UK release: 7 September 2016

Judah Ben-Hur (Huston) is a wronged nobleman who does a lot of stuff but chiefly races in a chariot against adopted brother Messala (Kebbell). Forgettable and largely pointless remake of the 1959 classic, heavy on the action but light on plot, characterisation or entertainment.

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6 Sep 20163 stars

Timur Bekmambetov's remake of the 1959 classic is heavy on the action but light on everything else

Comedian Mort Sahl's 'Loved him, hated hur' is the best – and shortest – film review in history (right up there with Walter's Kerr's 'Me No Leica' review of I Am A Camera? on Broadway). And that pithy take could apply just as easily to Soviet Union-born…

Olivia Cooke to star in Ben-Hur?

14 Nov 2014

Film gossip

Olivia Cooke in discussion to play Tirzah in 'Ben-Hur'. The 20-year-old 'Ouija' actress has reportedly been offered the role of Ben-Hur's sister, Tirzah in the remake of the 1959 classic movie. The role of Tirzah was originally played by Cathy…

Toby Kebbell linked to Ben Hur remake

19 Sep 2014

Film gossip

Toby Kebbell is in early talks to appear in the remake of Ben Hur. According to Variety, the actor- who starred in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' - has already held discussions with MGM and Paramount over the role of villain Messala in the film…

Jack Huston to star in Ben Hur remake

17 Sep 2014

Film gossip

Jack Huston has been added to the cast of the 'Ben Hur' remake. The 'Boardwalk Empire' actor has been handed the titular character in Timur Bekmambetov's remake of the 1959 biblical movie, according to The Wrap. The movie is also set to feature…

Morgan Freeman to star in Ben-Hur

12 Sep 2014

Film gossip

Morgan Freeman is to star in 'Ben-Hur'. 'The Shawshank Redemption' star is the first of Paramount and director Timur Bekmambetov's castings for the upcoming remake of the 1959 film based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel 'Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ'…

Tom Hiddleston wanted for Ben-Hur

13 Aug 2014

Film gossip

Tom Hiddleston is being eyed to take the lead role in 'Ben-Hur'. The 33-year-old actor is reportedly the top choice for director Timur Bekmambetov and studios MGM and Paramount to play Judah Ben-Hur in the forthcoming big screen adaptation of Lew…

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