Jack Huston Takes BEN-HUR Lead Role

Ben-Hur, done-hat.

Timur Bekmambetov’s upcoming adaptation of Ben-Hur finally has its leading man, and it’s not Tom Hiddleston like everyone thought in August. According to Deadline, the role will instead be filled by Jack Huston.

Huston is one of these actors who’s about to be super famous but isn’t quite there yet. Most people probably know him as Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire before the role was taken over in podcast form by Paul F. Tomkins. He was also in American Hustle and Kill Your Darlings.

Ben-Hur also cast Morgan Freeman earlier this week, so you know it's going to be classy. Freeman will play Ildarin, the guy who teaches Ben-Hur to be a badass chariot racer, living his life one quarter mile at a time.

Rather than remake the famous Charlton Heston version of the film, this Ben-Hur is supposed to stick very close to Lew Wallace’s novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. I haven’t read it, but I do have a really funny gif of a monkey drinking its own pee.