Morgan Freeman to star in Ben-Hur remake

2014-09-12 15:00

Los Angeles - Oscar winner Morgan Freeman is set to star in the redo of the historical epic Ben-Hur, Deadline Hollywood reported on Thursday.

Freeman will be portraying Ildarin, Ben-Hur's chariot racing teacher, the report said.

No other cast announcements have been made so far.

The movie will be based on Lewis Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct the project, which is backed by studios MGM and Paramount. John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) re-wrote the script from Keith Clark's original draft.

The movie is set to be released in February 2016.

An earlier version of Ben-Hur starring the late Charlton Heston hit the silver screen in 1959 and won 11 Oscars. The 1925 movie version starring Ramon Novarro and Francis X Bushman was also a huge success

Check out the 1959 trailer of the original Ben-Hur:

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Sean Daniel and Joni Levin will produce the Hollywood makeover.

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