Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro has been cast as Jesus in the Ben Hur remake. The 300 star will join a cast that features Jack Huston as the title character, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman and Olivia Cooke.
Timur Bekmambetov is directing the remake of Charlton Heston's 1959 movie.
Brad Pitt has walked away from an upcoming movie about Biblical villain Pontius Pilate. The Fury star had been attached to portray the Roman governor who ordered Jesus' crucifixion in the movie of the same name, but he has since pulled out of the project, according to Deadline.com.
Meanwhile, the film will no longer be produced by Warner Bros. executives and is reportedly expected to find a new home at the company's former boss Jeff Robinov's new Studio 8 firm.
New casting details for Pontius Pilate, based on a script from Woman On Top screenwriter Vera Blasi, have yet to be revealed.
The religious figure is also heading to the big screen in the planned 2016 remake of Ben-Hur, with former Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal in talks to portray Pilate.
A relative of late Ben-Hur cinematographer Robert Surtees has been slapped with a lawsuit from Academy Awards bosses after selling off one of the filmmaker's Oscars. Surtees won gold three times during his career and his daughter-in-law, Carol, recently auctioned off the statuette he earned in 1953 for his work on The Bad and the Beautiful for $40,500 (£25,313).
However, Oscars officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have taken issue with the eBay.com sale as it violates the conditions of accepting the prize, which stipulates that they should be given first refusal to buy back the award for just $10 (£6.25).
They have now filed suit against Surtees' relative, asking a judge to award them the sale profits and allow them to purchase the trophy for $10, according to TMZ.com.
Surtees, who also won Oscars for 1950's King Solomon's Mines and 1959 classic Ben-Hur, died in 1985, aged 78.
Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi has replaced Israeli Gal Gadot as Esther in the new Ben-Hur remake. Gadot quit the epic when it became clear filming clashed with her Man of Steel sequel schedule, and now her slave girl role has been filled by Homeland actress Boniadi.
She joins a cast that includes Morgan Freeman and Jack Huston as Ben-Hur.
Gadot plays Wonder Woman in superhero sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Actress Gal Gadot has been forced to pass up the chance to play Ben Hur's lover because she's too busy with her Wonder Woman duties. The Israeli star's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice schedule has left her with no time to shoot the planned Ben Hur biblical epic, opposite Jack Huston as the Jewish prince-turned-slave.
Gadot was slated to play Ben Hur's love interest, a slave named Esther.
Game Of Thrones star Pedro Pascal is in talks to play Biblical villain Pontius Pilate in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. The actor is in early negotiations to play the Roman governor who ordered Jesus' crucifixion in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed film, according to Deadline.
If talks with Pascal go through, he will join Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston as the titular Ben-Hur, as well as Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman and Gal Godot.
The latest adaptation of the tale is set to hit cinemas in 2016.
The actress who landed the coveted role of Wonder Woman earlier this year (14) is now set to head back in time to play the female lead in the Ben-Hur remake. Gal Gadot is in early negotiations to play slave Esther in the latest adaptation of the biblical tale.
Jack Huston will lead the cast as the Jewish prince who is betrayed by a friend.
Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman will also appear in Timur Bekmambetov's movie, which has been adapted by Keith Clarke and 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley.
Fast & Furious star Gadot will make her debut as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston is set to take the lead in the upcoming Ben-Hur remake. The British star has been chosen to reprise Charlton Heston's classic film role, but the deal has yet to be finalised, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The reboot will be helmed by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, who directed Angelina Jolie in Wanted, and Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley has penned the script for the latest adaptation of the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.
Huston joins Morgan Freeman, who will portray chariot champion Ildarin.
Heston's 1959 film landed 11 Oscars, and the remake is scheduled for release in February, 2016.
Morgan Freeman has been cast as a chariot champion in the remake of biblical epic Ben-Hur. The 77-year-old Oscar winner will portray Ildarin in director Timur Bekmambetov's film. Thor star Tom Hiddleston is reportedly in talks to play the lead.
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Thor villain Tom Hiddleston has emerged as the front-runner to reprise Charlton Heston's classic film role in a new version of Ben-Hur.
Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, who directed Angelina Jolie in Wanted, has signed on to take charge of the project, according to Deadline.com, and he's very interested in hiring the British actor as his leading man.
Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley has penned the script for the latest adaptation of the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. The film is scheduled for release in February, 2016. Heston's 1959 film landed 11 Oscars.
The timeless story follows two friends who become bitter enemies and the historic events of the time as told through the eyes of Judah Ben-Hur. Born a wealthy Jewish merchant's son, he is destined to live many lives: a powerful businessman, a dutiful slave, a fierce gladiator, a Roman nobleman, and finally...a conquering hero.