When it was announced that a Ben-Hur remake was on the way, I think it’s safe to say that sides were split. On one hand, many liked or even loved the idea of giving one of the greatest stories ever told a modern telling, while others discarded it because of their love for the original. Personally, I’m fine with remakes because no matter how they end up, it will never take away my feelings for the original. And as far as Ben-Hur goes, I fall under those who don’t mind a modern telling of this truly great story.
Now, we get our first look at the remake as its first trailer has been released. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted), Jack Huston stars as Judah Ben-Hur, a prince who is falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell). After surviving years of slavery, Ben-Hur returns to his homeland to seek revenge on those who betrayed him, but finds redemption instead.
The original Ben-Hur is basically a masterpiece, something that will go down in the history of cinema. So I’ve been quite excited to get a look at this modern telling that story. But unfortunately, the first trailer was a bit of a disappointment. While it does have a very epic feel to it, the production just doesn’t feel like what it should be. I didn’t feel like I was experiencing, or even watching something set in the Roman era. And maybe that’s me comparing it to the original or maybe me just having bigger expectations, but I’m hoping a second trailer is able to win me over a bit more.
Watch the first trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments. Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur rides into theaters August 12th, 2016 and stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Gal Gadot, Rodrigo Santoro, and Morgan Freeman.
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.