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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Monday, May 11, 2009

    Casting and Blog for Ben Hur

    Filming for the Ben Hur mini-series started last week in Ouarzazete, Morocco, utilising the museum there for the interior scenes of the Governor's Palace.

    Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the names of the pricipal actors involved in the production. Joseph Morgan (Master and Commander takes the title role, opposite Stephen Campbell Moore as Messala. The film's biggest name looks to be Ray Winstone who plays the Roman who adopts him, Quintus Arrius. The cast will also include Emily VanCamp (Esther), Kristen Kruek (Judah's sister Tirzah), Hugh Bonneville (Pontius Pilate), Alex Kingston, Lucia Jimenez, Miguel Angel Munoz, Marc Warren, Art Malik and James Faulkner (Marcellus).

    The producer of the series, Simon Vaughan, has started a blog charting the progress of filming, and there are already a good number of on set photos of the cast and crew, including the above of Morgan and director Steven Shill.

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    • At 8:28 pm, May 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      Hi Matt,

      Please can you tell me how I can get in touch with the casting agents or production staff currently in Morrocco for Ben Hur?


    • At 9:41 am, June 15, 2009, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Sorry H, I haven't got a clue I'm afraid. If you click on the Ben Hur label at the bottom of the post, you will see all the posts on this film. Somewhere amongst them will be a - the producers blog. try any links / commenting there. Alternatively, I have also the link to the production company's website. Try sending your details to them.

      Sorry that's not much help, and for the slow reply.


    • At 12:12 am, August 07, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      I'm so happy that Ben Hur is being made into a miniseries. Perhaps they will finally do it justice, given that a miniseries allows for much more time to explore the story.


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