(USATODAY) — Jack Huston had the same reaction most other cinephiles probably did when hearing of a new Ben-Hur movie: “What?!”
There have been a few film adaptations of Lew Wallace’s 1880 biblical novel over the years, most notably the 1959 historical epic starring Charlton Heston that won 11 Academy Awards. But now that Huston is wearing the sword and sandals of Judah Ben-Hur in a new take arriving in theaters Aug. 12, the British-born actor sees firsthand how its sprawling landscape balances a very personal tale of one man’s journey toward redemption.
“There’s something really beautiful about it, especially in the current climate of the world, about different religions and people being at odds against each other,” says the 33-year-old grandson of Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker John Huston. “How do we find our way out of this, how do we forgive, how do we forget, how do we move on, how should we treat our fellow human?”
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