Why Hollywood insists on re-making iconic classics that are better left alone is beyond me…but if it must happen then make sure you cast a leading man that might stand a chance of living up to the original. Thus is the case with the rumored “wooing” of Tom Hiddleston for the role of Judah Ben-Hur in the upcoming MGM/Paramount adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.
Ben Hur, will be a remake of the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston and if anyone can step into Heston’s shoes…I’m pretty confident Hiddleston can.
Known by worldwide audiences as Thor’s evil brother Loki in The Avengers and Thor movies, Hiddleston has proven himself to be more than just a comic-book villain with his critically claimed Shakespearean roles in Coriolanus and as Henry V in The Hollow Crown series.
But don’t start picturing this gorgeous British hunk in thigh baring toga’s just yet ladies as rumor has it they’re still in the ‘wooing’ stage. (For what it’s worth…I’ll toss in a dinner at Morton’s if it’ll get him on board.) Plus MGM and Paramount will have to get in line as Hiddles has a nice long slate of projects keeping him busy before he can even report to chariot training camp, including playing Country Music Legend, Hank Williams in I Saw The Light (for that one I’ve already bought by cowboy hat and boots!) So it might be a long wait before we can see Hiddleston snapping his horsewhip around the Circus Maximus.
The original Ben Hur was the most expensive film ever made up to it’s time. At $15 million dollars and made on an epic, grande scale, the movie was a huge risk for MGM Studios and ultimately saved MGM from bankruptcy and went on to win 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. This remake certainly has a LOT to live up to.
Ben Hur, to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov is slated for a February 2016 release date. 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridely is penning the script with The Bible’s Mark Burnett and Roma Downey producing. Let the chariot races begin!
Lady Anglophile….volunteering as a slave girl extra for the film.