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Published On: Mon, Jul 25th, 2016

Paramount drops new ‘Ben-Hur’ trailer, star Jack Huston compares chariot race to NASCAR

Paramounts wants fans to meet the new Ben-Hur, a bit different than Charlton Heston in the 1959 classic film, but a different, rugged version played by Jack Huston in Timur Bekmambetov’s upcoming new film: Ben-Hur. Check out the trailer below.

In a brand-new trailer released Monday, audiences are introduced to Judah Ben-Hur, the Jewish prince seeking revenge on his adopted brother, Roman soldier Messala (Toby Kebbell).

ben-hur-jack-huston-morgan-freeman-movie photo“My family was betrayed,” Ben-Hur reveals in the trailer. “I won’t let him go unpunished.”

Every fan of the original is eager to see the iconic chariot race adapted for 2016.

“Nothing could have prepared me for witnesses those chariots for the first time in the arena,” Huston told EW of the four-horse vehicles. “It’s like NASCAR.”

“I always found Charlton Heston, in the most wonderful way, a man’s man,” Huston added in the interview.

“He’s a solid human being, whereas my interpretation was when you find Judah, he’s rather lost and he’s more of a child or boy whose station gives him the sort of freedom not to process or react to all of the atrocities which have happened to him. He’s sort of blissfully unaware of what it takes to keep the peace. But underneath that, he knows he has an opportunity to possibly do something …I think I wanted to see this progression of a man turning into a man, and seeing how circumstances and certain things that happen in our life changes us.”

Co-written by John Ridley and Keith Clarke, the historical epic, Christian film also stars Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, and Sofia Black D’Elia.

Ben Hur rolls into theaters on Aug. 19.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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