Deadline reports that Paramount and MGM are “courting” Tom Hiddleston to play the title role in their upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Hiddleston, who is best-known for playing the villainous Norse god Loki in The Avengers and the two Thor movies, has demonstrated his range in a number of smaller films, including Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (which I’m only mentioning here because his role as a cavalry officer might be as close as he’s gotten so far to driving a chariot), so it could be good to see him play the hero in a potential blockbuster such as this. The film currently has a release date of February 26, 2016 and is set to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov from a script by Keith R. Clarke and John Ridley.
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