Toby Kebbell Taking Villain Role in MGM & Paramount's 'Ben -Hur'
We're going to be seeing a lot of Toby Kebbell in the near future. The actor has roles as the villain Dr. Doom in the reboot of Fantastic Four at Fox (which just got pushed back to later in 2015) and also a supporting role in the big screen version of the popular video game Warcraft. Plus, he'll be seen in lower profile films like A Monster Calls and the war drama Sand Castle. But now he's landed another big blockbuster role with Variety reporting that Kebbell has landed the role of the antagonist Messala in MGM & Paramount's remake of Ben-Hur, which landed "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston in the title role.
Based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the film follows a falsely accused nobleman named Judah Ben-Hur (Huston) who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend (Kebbell) who betrayed him as he rose to power as the Roman Emperor. Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is directing the film with a script from 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley and Keith Clarke, who wrote the original script that sold to MGM. Kebbell and Huston are both rising stars, and hopefully this film gives them a boost. Ben-Hur arrives on February 26th, 2016.