It’s been 57 years since the classic Ben-Hur hit theaters, with many film buffs still considering the original chariot race to be amongst the all-time great action scenes in cinema. This summer, director Timur Bekmambetov brings this iconic moment, and the rest of Lew Wallace’s epic story, back to life when Paramount’s reboot of Ben-Hur hits theaters. We have already seen parts of the chariot scene in the first photos and trailer, but today we have an immersive look at this key set piece through a new 360 photo.
This 360 photo debuted on Facebook, where fans can rotate a full 360 degrees around the entire frame. The image features another look at the title character, played by Jack Huston, on his chariot, while another has crashed behind him. This image also gives us a better grasp of how enormous this chariot auditorium truly is.
This new take on the story is fully based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Jack Huston stars as the title character alongside Morgan Freeman as Ildarin, Toby Kebbell as the nefarious Messalla, Nanzanin Boniadi as Esther and Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus. The supporting cast includes Sofia Black-D’Elia as Tirzah, Ayelet Zurer as Naomi, Moises Arias as Gestas and Pilou Asbaek as Pontius Pilate.
Production began on MGM’s Ben-Hur remake in Rome more than a year ago, although this is one production that has been quite guarded before the first trailer dropped earlier this year. The story is adapted closer to the novel, which tells the tale of Jesus in parallel with the main story that wasn’t included in the original classic from the 1959. Director Timur Bekmambetov claims that the new Chariot race scenes are the “crown jewel” of this remake.
With the August 19 release date approaching, it isn’t known if we’ll get another new trailer before this remake hits theaters, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted. Ben-Hur will be going up against Warner Bros.’ comedy War Dogs and Focus Features’ animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. While we wait for more on Ben-Hur, take a look at this innovative 360-degree photo below.