Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' Remake.

September 18, 2014

 

Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' Remake.

Scene-stealer and actor Jack Huston is now accepting new titled roles. The London-born actor has been cast as Ben-Hur in the upcoming remake of the 1959 epic Charlton Heston starring film titled 'Ben-Hur.'

The actor, who is best known for playing in HB's original series 'Boardwalk Empire', appeared in other cinema like 'Kill Your Darlings' and 'American Hustle,' but 'Ben-Hur' marks his first ever starring role in a major studio film. In fact, this may be the film that cements the actor's place in his family's Hollywood pantheon: He's the nephew of actors Danny and Anjeclica Huston, the godson of the legendary director John Huston, and the great-grandson of Oscar Winning actor Walter Huston.

Ben-Hur, which originated as a 1925 silent film, tells the story of two friends, the Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and the Roman citizen Messala, living in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus Christ. When their loyalties clash, Messala destroys his friend’s life, leading Ben-Hur to seek his revenge in the chariot arena. In addition to Huston, Morgan Freeman has been cast as Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to race chariots like a champion. The 1959 film, directed by William Wyler (coincidentally a close friend of Jack’s grandfather John Huston), won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' Remake.

(charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur)

Hutson was originally connected to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr. Strange, which is yet to be confirmed or denied.

While Hollywood is clearly in Jack Huston’s blood, being part of the Huston clan nearly scared him away from stardom. “I went to the Academy Awards with my aunt [Anjelica Huston] when I was, like, 19, and I remember walking the red carpet. I think that put me off ever wanting to do it again,” Jack told Details in 2010. “I was just shell-shocked. There are so many people, and they are literally yelling at you!”

Since then, Huston has gotten over his fear of red carpets. Prior to his casting in Ben-Hur, Huston was one of several actors being considered for the role of Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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'Ben-Hur' is set to hit theaters February 26, 2016

FILM: REMAKE + HISTORICAL

BY: ERIC KIRK

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