Ben-Hur – Official Trailer #1 – Morgan Freeman, Jack Huston

ben-hurBen-Hur is best known in the movie world in its 1959 multi-Oscar-winning form starring the late Charlton Heston and directed by the even later William Wyler.

This time round, Jack Huston (Hail Caesar!, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) takes the lead of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who is betrayed and falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) and is sentenced to a life of slavery.

Ben-Hur loses everything and spends five years in the galley of a Roman slave ship and later takes on the Roman Empire and avenges his adoptive brother in a grand chariot race while finding redemption and being forever changed after a series of encounters with Jesus Christ (Rodrigo Santoro).

Direcyed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), with a screenplay by Keith R Clarke and John Ridley, based on the novel by Lew Wallace, the cast includes Nazanin Boniadi, Haluk Bilginer, Pilou Asbæk, David Walmsley, James Cosmo and Morgan Freeman.

Ben-Hur is due for release in the UK on August 26th, two weeks after the US get it.

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image: