Paramount released a second trailer for the remake of the 1959 classic, based on a Bible-inspired novel. It's filled with more details about the characters and their relationships. Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) is a wealthy prince from a prominent family in Jerusalem, but he's betrayed by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) and falsely accused of treason. Judah is sentenced to rowing in a ship gallery, but escapes to challenge Messala in a chariot race of life and death.
The trailer features glimpses at some major action sequences and set pieces, including a huge naval battle. But of course, the big scene is the chariot race, and this featurette delves behind the scenes. The filmmakers wanted to keep the race as real as possible, so there's quite a lot of live-action stuntwork.
"Ben-Hur" also stars Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi, and Rodrigo Santoro, and opens August 19.
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Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) loses everything after his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), now an officer in the Roman army, returns to Jerusalem and accuses the young prince of treason. Stripped of his title and separated from his wife (Nazanin Boniadi) and family, Ben-Hur must endure years of slavery on a galley at sea. When fate brings the estranged brothers to an epic and deadly chariot race, Ben-Hur finally gets the chance to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his life. Read More