Rodrigo Santoro is going from living god in the 300 movies to Son Of God in the planned remake of Ben-Hur, as he’s set to play Jesus in the movie, according to THR.
He joins Jack Huston as the title character, alongside Toby Kebbell as Messalla. While the two were friends as boys, with the coming of the Romans, Messalla betrays Ben-Hur, which results in his being sold into slavery. He then meets a character played by Morgan Freeman, who teaches him to become a champion chariot racer.
The story take place in parallel to that of Jesus, which its said will be more central to this version than the peripheral (and never properly seen) figure he was in the Oscar-winning 1959 version, hewing closer to Lew Wallace’s original 1880 novel.
Timur Bekmambetov is set to direct from a screenplay by Keith R. Clarke, with production set to kick off soon for a February 19th, 2016 release.