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Jack Huston lands lead in Ben Hur remake

Jack Huston

Story by Jack Foley

JACK Huston has landed the lead role in a big screen remake of epic movie Ben Hur.

The British actor and former Boardwalk Empire luminary is expected to take the lead role in the remake of 1959 classic, which starred Charlton Heston.

The story of Ben Hur takes place in the Roman-occupied province of Judea in the Middle East, as a Jewish prince falls foul of the Roman Empire (and his former childhood best friend) and is turned into a slave, before making a comeback of sorts.

The 1959 epic set records at the time for the money it spent on vast sets and lavish costumes, including the now iconic chariot race that pits Ben-Hur against his friend turned adversary Messala. It went on to become a huge box-office success, winning 11 of the 12 Oscars for which it was nominated, including picture, best director and best actor.

The new version will also star Morgan Freeman as a horse trainer.

John Ridley, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for the screenplay of 12 Years a Slave, has penned the script.

Huston is best known for playing the role of disfigured and ultimately tragic hitman Richard Harrow in US TV series Boardwalk Empire from 2010 to 2013 but he has also shone on the West End stage in last year’s adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel Strangers on a Train.

His recent film work includes roles in American Hustle and playing novelist Jack Kerouac in Kill Your Darlings alongside Daniel Radcliffe.

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