Ben-Hur Female Lead Goes to ‘Homeland’ Actress

Ben-Hur Nazanin Boniadi

Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben-Hur remake has a pretty good cast of guys lined up already, including Toby Kebbell, Pedro Pascal, Morgan Freeman, and Jack Huston in the title role. Now it may finally have found its female lead.

Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi has just received an offer to play Esther, the part Gal Gadot was up for before scheduling conflicts forced her out. Hit the jump for more on the Ben-Hur Nazanin Boniadi casting.  Read More »

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Morgan Freeman to Star in ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

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We recently reported that Tom Hiddleston was being courted for the new version of Ben-Hur, but while he makes up his mind Timur Bekmambetov has gone ahead and cast the film’s first star. Morgan Freeman is set to join the epic. The news comes one day after he booked a role in Ben-Hur‘s polar opposite, Ted 2. Hit the jump for the latest details.

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Snow Queen

Despite Frozen‘s $1.2 billion box office haul, Disney still hasn’t announced any plans for a direct sequel. Fortunately(?), last year’s other Snow Queen adaptation is happy to fill that gap.

Timur Bekmambetov is set to produce the Russian 3D CG sequel The Snow Queen: Journey Continues, with a starry English-language voice cast including Sean Bean, Sharlto Copley, Bella Thorne, and Isabella Fuhrman. Hit the jump for more details on the non-Frozen Snow Queen follow-up.

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

Tom Hiddleston Ben-Hur remake

With a 2016 release date already in place, MGM and Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake is closing in on a lead. Tom Hiddleston is reportedly being courted for the title role, which was played by Charlton Heston in the 1959 movie. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the Ben-Hur remake.

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Ben Hur remake

Paramount/MGM’s Ben-Hur remake has picked up a couple of new producers on its way to the cinema. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, executive producers of History’s successful The Bible miniseries and its subsequent feature Son of God, have just climbed aboard the chariot.

Timur Bekmambetov is directing, from a script by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Could this be the rare faith-based film that manages to appeal to appeal to both religious audiences and secular ones? Get all the latest details on the movie, including the new release date, after the jump.

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“Hold on to your nuts.” That’s the tagline for Squirrels, from producer Timur Bekmambetov and writers Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin. The film doesn’t have a director at this point, but there’s a sales/concept trailer for your viewing… pleasure? Read More »

Timur Bekmambetov

Eight months ago, MGM bought the rights to Ben-Hur, a new spec script based on the nineteenth century novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace. That news was so crazy, I had wiped it out of my memory. MGM didn’t though, and now the project is progressing.

The latest update is that Timur Bekmambetov, the director of Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is in early talks to direct the reimagining. Even if he doesn’t agree to make it, the fact MGM is courting a director with a visual style and track record like Bekmambetov says a lot about the script by Keith Clarke (The Way Back). Read More »

Universal’s been taking their good sweet time on the sequel to 2008′s Wanted, but fans needn’t fret just yet. The studio (re)hired Derek Haas and Michael Brandt to write the script last year, and the former now says they’re readying the second draft.

As for big changes from the last film, Haas reveals the unsurprising news that Angelina Jolie will not reprise her role as Fox. Instead, Wesley (James McAvoy) will be hanging out with a new female pal. Read more after the jump.

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