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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  • Just what we need more epic nonsense. Timur Bekmambetov better pull out some weirdness or it'll be as daft as Exodus.
  • Rob
    Great another remake *rolls eyes*
  • ari smulders
    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....
    • David Diaz
      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.
      • ari smulders
        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.
  • HG2012
    timur is like the russian paul ws anderson
    • Jon Odishaw
      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)
    Kebbell is turning into a tremendous heel. Digging it. I don't really care if Jesus is in BEN HUR or not.
  • Jon Odishaw
    This guy does fancy himself a god




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