Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur!
From Heston to Huston.
MGM and Paramount have found their Ben-Hur in Jack Huston, known mostly for his performance in Boardwalk Empire.
Many actors were being considered for both the lead protagonist and his rival, Messala, and Huston was previously thought to be closer to the latter role. But after reading for that part, director Timur Bekmambetov thought he had the sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role of the prince-turned-slave.
Morgan Freeman recently signed on to play a mentor to Ben Hur.