Rodrigo Santoro is Going from Xerxes in '300' to Jesus in 'Ben-Hur'

January 13, 2015
Source: THR

Rodrigo Santoro

Paramount Pictures and MGM have had the leads for their remake of Ben-Hur set since last year with Jack Huston playing the titular Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell (of the Fantastic Four reboot and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). The rest of the cast includes Morgan Freeman as Ben-Hur's chariot trainer as well as Olivia Cooke and Ayelet Zurer. Now THR has word on another pivotal cast member with 300 franchise villain and Love Actually co-star Rodrigo Santoro playing another Biblical figure, albeit less evil, as the son of God himself, Jesus Christ. Read on!

It makes sense that Jesus would be an important part of the story since the original Lew Wallace book from 1880 on which the film is based is called Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ. The messiah actually appears several times in the tale, as Ben-Hur witnesses Jesus preaching in Jerusalem, and later see his crucifixion as well. But the primary focus is the story of Ben-Hur and Messala. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the film which is looking to shoot in Europe starting this winter and going through spring. Santoro will be seen again on the big screen next month on Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Just what we need more epic nonsense. Timur Bekmambetov better pull out some weirdness or it'll be as daft as Exodus.

Carpola on Jan 13, 2015


Great another remake *rolls eyes*

Rob on Jan 13, 2015


Ben Hur is such a megaclassic and doesn't need a remake but i see that that the technology is so far advanced that it can be worth watching. Great choice by the way....

ari smulders on Jan 13, 2015


I agree. It's one of my favorite films so I'm on the fence about a remake. But I think it will still be fun to watch especially since it will differentiate itself by including more of Jesus' role in the story.

David Diaz on Jan 14, 2015


the jesus part of it made it special and ofcourse the chariot race. It made a big impression on me when i was young and it was first time i was alone in a cinema watching a movie.

ari smulders on Jan 14, 2015


timur is like the russian paul ws anderson

HG2012 on Jan 13, 2015


Thats an interesting comparison, I might agree but I enjoy Wanted more than any of the shit films Anderson has done(Death race was okay)

Jon Odishaw on Jan 14, 2015


Kebbell is turning into a tremendous heel. Digging it. I don't really care if Jesus is in BEN HUR or not.

DAVIDPD on Jan 14, 2015


This guy does fancy himself a god

Jon Odishaw on Jan 14, 2015

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