Paramount has released a second trailer for their remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur. The film is based on the Lew Wallace novel which tells the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a prince living during the time of Jesus Christ. The prince in Jerusalem is falsely convicted to treason and is forced into slavery. The film follows his quest for revenge and redemption.
The latest trailer uses the Christ connection of the film to fullest. We see and hear a lot more of Jesus in this nearly 3 minute trailer than in the whole runtime of the 1959 epic. It seems like the move has been to drive most of the christian crowd to their nearest screen because in the recent years faith based movies have performed very well at the box-office.
The studio has also released a featurette that covers the making of the epic chariot race that takes place n the middle of the film. The race in the ’59 film was a stunt marvel and is still to this day, one of the most iconic practical stunts ever achieved. The clip shows us the planning and filming aspects of the set piece and stresses on the fact that the stunts were performed practically with no use of CGI.
Check out the trailer and the featurette below:
Video Courtesy : Paramount Pictures via YouTube
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 19, 2016.
Here’s the official plot synopsis :
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.