‘THE Shawshank Redemption’ star, Morgan Freeman, is the first of Paramount and director Timur Bekmambetov’s castings for the upcoming remake of the 1959 film based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ’, Deadline reports.
Freeman is to take on the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer, in the film which will more closely follow Wallace’s novel than the previous film – which starred Charlton Heston.
The studios are reportedly also getting closer to finding actors to portray Judah Ben-Hur and his friend-turned-bitter-rival Messala.
Freeman is currently starring with Scarlett Johansson in ‘Lucy’ and recently signed on for ‘Ted 2’.
‘Ben-Hur’ is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. – BANG!