MGM Pictures and Paramount Pictures have announced that principal photography has begun on the Timur Bekmambetov-directed “Ben-Hur” which is shooting in both Rome and Matera, Italy.
The film returns to the heart of Lew Wallace’s epic novel and 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.
The cast includes Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell as Messala, Nazanin Boniadi as Esther, Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ, Sofia Black D’Elia as Tirzah, Ayelet Zurer as Naomi, Moises Arias as Gestas and Pilou Asbaek as Pontius Pilate. Keith Clarke and John Ridley adapted the script.
Sean Daniel, Mark Burnett, Joni Levin and Duncan Henderson will produce. “Ben-Hur” is slated to hit cinemas on February 26th 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures