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

Here are "Ben-Hur" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Ben-Hur movie?

MGM on Monday, July 25, 2016 released the trailer for "Ben-Hur" you can watch here:
Ben-Hur (2016) | Official Trailer 2 .

Plot summary

What is Ben-Hur movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Ben-Hur" movie plot summary.

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 plays who in the Ben-Hur movie?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Ben-Hur" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

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

Release date

When is Ben-Hur movie release date?

"Ben-Hur" movie release date was scheduled to be 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) distributing by Paramount Pictures International, 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 filming details?

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

"Ben-Hur" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Ben-Hur movie?

"Ben-Hur" movie got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 5.7/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 25/100. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

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