Thor Star Tom Hiddleston Eyed for Ben-Hur Remake

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Tom Hiddleston is reportedly the top choice to star in Ben-Hur, a new big-screen adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel 'Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ'. The influential book paved the way for three films including MGM's 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston.

Paramount and MGM are courting Marvel's Thor villain to play hero Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy prince of Jerusalem who crosses the wrong powerful people and ends up plunged into a lifelong ordeal of slavery, poverty, revenge, redemption, and — of course — chariot racing.

The remake is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov's (Wanted) while the project is being spearheaded by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed The Bible miniseries on The History Channel. Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley wrote the last draft. Source: Deadline, MTV

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