by: Sammy Mink
MGM and Paramount are looking to Tom Hiddleston to get their BEN-HUR remake up and running. A remake of the classic 1959 film, the story follows a falsely accused nobleman who seeks vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him. Hiddleston is being considered for the lead role of Judah Ben-Hur, the role originally played by the late, great Charlton Heston. The script has been in the hands of Lew Wallace, Keith Clarke, and Ben Gooch, with John Ridley penning the most recent draft. Timur Bekmambetov has signed on to helm the epic remake.
Hiddleston is best known in the States for playing the evil but charming Loki in “The Avengers” franchise. He has also turned heads with roles in “Midnight in Paris” and “War Horse.” Hiddleston is currently shooting “High-Rise,” a sci-fi drama directed by Ben Wheatley and recently wrapped Guillermo del Toro’s horror flick “Crimson Peak.” Next up, Hiddleston is set to embody country western singer Hank Williams in “I Saw the Light.”