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Principal photography begins on Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-Hur

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCIPAL photography has begun on Ben-Hur, starring Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) as Esther.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.

Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016.

Ben-Hur also stars Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise Of An Empire) as Jesus Christ, Sofia Black D’Elia (Gossip Girl) as Tirzah, Ayelet Zurer (Man Of Steel) as Naomi, Moises Arias (Ender’s Game) as Gestas and Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) as Pontius Pilate.

An excited Bekmambetov commented: “You could not have imagined a more perfect location to shoot this epic than Italy. We can’t wait to get started.”

The film returns to the heart of Lew Wallace’s epic novel focusing on the nature of faith.

The story follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Both must come to choose between retribution or forgiveness.

Behind the scenes, the creative team includes Director of Photography, Oliver Wood (The Bourne Identity), Production Designer Naomi Shohan (American Beauty), Costume Designer Varvava Avdyushko (Wanted), Visual Effects Supervisor, Academy Award® Winner Jim Rygiel (The Lord Of The Rings franchise) and Special Effects Supervisor, Andy Williams (Fury).

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