Rodrigo Santoro (“300”) is in negotiations to portray Jesus Christ in Timur Bekmambetov’s upcoming remake of “Ben-Hur” for MGM and Paramount.
Jack Huston is starring as the Jewish prince betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala (Toby Kebbell). He soon fights his way to freedom and vengeance.
Unlike the previous film adaptation, this one will be more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel which features scenes of Jesus appearing several times. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion.
Morgan Freeman, Sofia Black D’Elia and Ayelet Zurer also star. Filming aims to begin shortly in Europe.