A brief note on two important characters whose presence in the new version of Ben-Hur has not yet been confirmed


Earlier this year, I kept fairly close tabs on who was being cast in the new film version of Ben-Hur, but I didn’t pay much attention at the time to who wasn’t being cast in the film. Which is to say, I didn’t notice at the time that there were was no news whatsoever regarding certain major characters or who might play them.

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Ray Winstone on family, politics, and that injury he got while playing King Saul in Of Kings and Prophets


I have always liked Ray Winstone as an actor, but I didn’t really know much about him as a person until I came across this interview with him that The Telegraph ran today.

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Watch: The first trailer for Of Kings and Prophets


The first trailer for Of Kings and Prophets — the ABC series about Saul, David and Samuel — is here, and it’s got some of the expected biblical violence (Goliath, Amalekites, etc.) as well as some of the rumoured biblical sex (Saul has a concubine, while David seems to be having an affair with Saul’s wife).

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Did David marry the wife of King Saul? And other questions raised by the pilot episode for Of Kings and Prophets


It’s a wrap for Of Kings and Prophets!

The pilot for the proposed series about Saul, David and Samuel finished shooting in South Africa a couple days ago, so now seemed like a good time to round up the last batch of Instagrams posted by the show’s cast and crew. A few new details have leaked regarding the angle the script takes on its biblical source material, too.

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Ray Winstone rides a horse as King Saul, and more, in new photos from the set of Of Kings and Prophets


At last, a photo of Ray Winstone in costume as King Saul in Of Kings and Prophets!

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Ray Winstone to play Saul in ABC’s Of Kings and Prophets


Ray Winstone is going back to the Bible. The British actor — who played Quintus Arrius in the TV version of Ben-Hur and the villainous Tubal-Cain in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah — has signed on to play Saul, the paranoid first king of Israel, in Of Kings and Prophets, the ABC pilot that is being written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, the original writers of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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