Paramount have released the first trailer for their upcoming swords and sandals epic Ben-Hur. The film is based on the Lew Wallace novel of the same name and also a remake of the 1959 mega hit starring Charlton Heston. Judah Ben-Hur, a prince living during the time of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem is falsely convicted to treason and is forced into slavery. The film follows his quest for revenge and redemption.
The trailer gives off a more action revenge vibe similar to that of Gladiator which may be off-putting to some viewers who have seen the original classic. The famous chariot race takes a good portion of the trailer which by all means look absolutely fantastic.
Watch the trailer below:
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The film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and stars Jack Houston, Toby Kebbel, Morgan Freeman, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, and Sofia Black D’Elia.
Ben-Hur opens in theaters on August 12, 2016.
Read the official synopsis below:
BEN-HUR is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Also starring Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro.