Ben-Hur is a 2016 American epic historical drama film directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
Starring Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbæk, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Haluk Bilginer, Marwan Kenzari and others.

Watch the official trailer for Ben-Hur

MGM on Monday, July 25, 2016 released the trailer:
Ben-Hur (2016) | Official Trailer 2 .

What is Ben-Hur about?

A Jewish nobleman, Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), and his adopted Roman brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) are best friends despite their different origins. Messala enlists in the Roman army and fights in the Roman Empire's wars in Germany. Ben-Hur also develops feelings for the family slave Esther (Nazanin Boniadi) although their different station in life compels him not to pursue her. But when her father Simonides (Haluk Bilginer) seeks to marry her off to a Roman, Ben-Hur declares his love for her and takes her as his wife. Three years later, Messala returns as a decorated Roman officer. His return coincides with a rising insurrection by the Zealots, Jews who are opposed to the oppressive nature of Roman rule. Ben-Hur treats and shelters a young Zealot youth named Dismas (Moisés Arias). Messala reunites with Ben-Hur and attempts to convince his adoptive brother to serve as an informant. Following a reunion dinner with Ben-Hur and his family, Messala informs them that a new Roman governor Pontius Pilate (Pilou Asbæk) will be taking residence in Jerusalem.
Days later, Pontius Pilate marches into Jerusalem with Ben-Hur and his family watching from a balcony. Dismas attempts to assassinate Pilate and in retaliation, the Romans storm Ben-Hur's household and arrest him and his family. Rather than betray a fellow Jew, Ben-Hur takes responsibility for the assassination attempt. His mother and sister are sentenced to be crucified. Ben-Hur and Messala fall out with each other. While being led to the prison galley, Ben-Hur encounters Jesus (Rodrigo Santoro), who fetches him some water. Ben-Hur endures five years of slavery as a rower aboard a Roman prison galley under the command of Quintus Arius (James Cosmo). During a naval battle against Greek rebels in the Ionian Sea, Ben-Hur's galley is boarded but collides with another ship and is destroyed as Ben-Hur manages to cling to a floating mast. He is washed ashore and is found by Sheik Ilderim (Morgan Freeman), who recognizes him as an escaped slave. Ben-Hur manages to convince Ilderim not to hand him over to the Romans by treating one of the Nubian's racing horses. After Ben-Hur develops a bond with the four racing horses, a grateful Ilderim then trains Ben-Hur to be a chariot racer.

Who's in the Ben-Hur cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of Ben-Hur.

Jack Huston Judah Ben-Hur A Jewish prince in Roman-occupied Jerusalem
Toby Kebbell Messala Severus
Rodrigo Santoro Jesus Unlike the original film, Christ has a prominent role in this version
Nazanin Boniadi Esther A Jewish slave and the love interest of Ben-Hur
Ayelet Zurer Naomi Ben-Hur's mother
Morgan Freeman Sheik Ilderim A wealthy Nubian sheik
Pilou Asbæk Pontius Pilate The Roman governor of Judea
Sofia Black-D'Elia Tirzah Ben-Hur's sister
Haluk Bilginer Simonides A loyal Jewish servant to Ithamar, Judah's birth father; becomes a wealthy merchant in Antioch
Marwan Kenzari Druses A Roman captain
James Cosmo Quintus Arius
David Walmsley Marcus Decimus
Yasen Atour Jacob
Francesco Scianna Kadeem
Gabriel Lo Giudice Elijah (as Gabriel Farnese)
Denise Tantucci Avigail
Jarreth J. Merz Flores (as Jarreth Merz)
Iaon Gunn Gestas
Dato Bakhtadze Hortator
Yorgos Karamihos Sick Oarsman
Christopher Jones Merchant
Craig Peritz Market Centurion
Simone Spinazze Garrison Captain (as Simone Spinazzè)
Alan Cappelli Goetz Burley Centurion (as Allan Cappelli)
Moisés Arias Dismas A teenage Jewish zealot whose family has been murdered by the Romans and is desperate to fight for his people's freedom, and is later crucified beside Jesus
Jay Natelle Gesius
Julian Kostov Wounded Soldier
Maurice Lee Simon Cyrene
Stefano Scherini Peter
Alessandro Giuggioli Judas

When is Ben-Hur released in cinemas?

The film Ben-Hur was scheduled to be released on August 9, 2016 (Mexico City), on August 18, 2016 (Hungary), on August 19, 2016 (United States), on August 25, 2016 (Austria) and on September 1, 2016 (Germany) by Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Andes Films, B&H Film Distribution, Central Partnership, Cineforum, Columbia Pictures, Forum Film Bulgaria, Forum Film Poland, Forum Film Slovakia, Forum Films, Forum Hungary, Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK), NCG Distribution, NOS Audiovisuais, Sabay MVP, Sony Pictures Releasing, Svensk Filmindustri (SF), United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), C More, KVH Media Group, NBCUniversal Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, RTL Entertainment and SF Film Finland.

What are Ben-Hur film specifications?

The duration of the film is 125 minutes. With a budget of $87-100 million, the film grossed over $94.1 million.

The film Ben-Hur is rated with "PG-13" rating.

What are critics and audiences saying about Ben-Hur?

Ben-Hur got low rating from critics. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

More information about Ben-Hur you can get at:

IMDB: Ben-Hur

Wikipedia: Ben-Hur (2016 film)

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