Ben Hur Movie

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Who's Involved:

Gal Gadot, Morgan Freeman, Jack Huston, Timur Bekmambetov, Toby Kebbell, John Ridley, Sean Daniel, Roma Downey, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Ayelet Zurer, Keith Clarke, Rodrigo Santoro, Moises Arias, Pilou Asbæk, Jason Brown, Nazanin Boniadi, Mark Burnett, Joni Levin, Duncan Henderson

Release Date:

Friday, August 19, 2016 (Nationwide)

sequences of violence and disturbing images

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

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.

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Who stars in Ben Hur: Cast List

... Ildarin

"The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" , "Vanquish"  

... Ben-Hur

"Above Suspicion" , "Gucci"  

"Zack Snyder's Justice League" , "Wonder Woman 1984"  

... Messala

"Wrath of the Titans" , "Kong: Skull Island"  

... Esther

"Hotel Mumbai" , "Desert Dancer"  

... Jesus Christ

"Rio" , "300: Rise of An Empire"  

... Tirzah

"Project Almanac" , "Viral"  

... Naomi

"Hide Away" , "Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog"  

... Gestas

"Ender's Game" , "Five Feet Apart"  

... Pontius Pilate

"Outside the Wire" , "SNAFU"  

Who's making Ben Hur: Crew List

A look at the Ben Hur behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Timur Bekmambetov last directed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Wanted.


Mark Burnett
Sean Daniel
Duncan Henderson
Joni Levin

Production: What we know about Ben Hur?

Key Facts

  1. Behind the scenes, the creative team includes Director of Photography, Oliver Wood (Bourne Identity), Production Designer, Naomi Shohan (American Beauty), Costume Designer, Varvava Avdyushko (Wanted), Visual Effects Supervisor, Academy Award® Winner Jim Rygiel (The Lord of Rings Franchise) and Special Effects Supervisor, Andy Williams (Fury).
  2. MGM will handle production with Jonathan Glickman, President, Motion Picture Group and Matt Dines, Vice President, Production, overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. The film will be distributed worldwide by Paramount Pictures, with select international territories as well as all television distribution to be handled by MGM.
  3. Based on Lew Wallace's 1880 epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. The film returns to the heart of Lew Wallace's epic novel focusing on the nature of faith.

Filming Timeline

  1. July 2016: The film was in Completed status.
  2. June 2015: The film was in Post-Production status.
  3. February 2015: The film was in Production status.
  4. Principal photography has begun. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy.

  5. April 2014: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  6. August 2013: The film was in Development status.
  7. MGM is in talks with Timur Bekmambetov to helm a new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel.

  8. January 2013: The film was in Announced status.
  9. MGM is planning to remake Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

Ben Hur Release Date: When was the film released?

Ben Hur was released in 2016 on Friday, August 19, 2016 (Nationwide release). There were 10 other movies released on the same date, including War Dogs, Kubo and the Two Strings and Morris From America. 2D/3D

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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