Tom Hiddleston lined up to play Ben-Hur in big budget remake
Tom Hiddleston, best known for his turn as Loki in Marvel's Thor and Avengers: Assemble, is reportedly being lined up to take the lead role in a remake of the historical epic Ben-Hur.
The remake, which is set for release in 2016, will be directed by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, with 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley currently hard at work on the script.
According to Deadline, Hiddleston, who is currently filming Ben Wheatley's new drama High Rise, is being courted by MGM Studios to take the title role in the new epic.
Ben-Hur, which is adapted from Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, was first filmed in 1959 with Charlton Heston in the title role. It tells the story of a Jewish prince, who is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, before he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Hiddleston will next be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s new thriller Crimson Peak.