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Rodrigo Santoro Will Play Jesus Christ in 'Ben-Hur' Remake!

Rodrigo Santoro Will Play Jesus Christ in 'Ben-Hur' Remake!

Rodrigo Santoro has landed the role of Jesus Christ in the upcoming Ben-Hur movie remake, according to THR.

The 39-year-old Brazilian actor, who is best known for his roles in 300: Rise of an Empire, Love Actually, and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, will be joining a star-studded cast in the film.

Ben-Hur follows a Jewish prince (Jack Huston) who is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend (Toby Kebbell), then regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Also starring in the movie are Morgan Freeman, Olivia Cooke, and Ayelet Zurer.

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  • theonlyandoneme

    You go Rodrigo! Brazil is proud of you!!!!
    Brasil tem orgulho de você!

  • moonbeams62

    Women have been saying “Jesus Christ!” when they first see Rodrigo, for years! I think this is great casting, but why even bother to remake a classic.

  • Living in a box

    Again another remake. Can we leave a good movie alone.

  • Penny Dreadful

    Why can’t anyone ever hire a Jew for this role?? It’s such an obvious choice, but no one ever does it. Go to Israel, find a male Sephardic Jew aged 30 who’s roughly 6 feet tall, and there you go. MOVIE.

  • Dee

    Why Sephardi Jew again? Sephardi Jews have no more Jewish ancestry than Ashkenazi Jews.

  • Dee

    For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Skylar Astin, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz.

    Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

  • Penny Dreadful

    I don’t think Jesus was an Ashkenazi Jew. You know, when you read things you have to use context. Comments don’t usually appear out of a vacuum. [EDIT: Let me clarify. I don't think Jesus LOOKED like an Ashkenazi Jew. He likely looked more Sephardic, so that's why I suggested a Sephardi Jew should play him. Basically, I was driving more at the notion of a JEW playing him than say, some South American or European who happens to be dark-toned. If they're just going for a certain LOOK, then why not an actual Jew. That's what I was trying to say. Like that Israeli who was in The Mummy. He's too old now, but someone LIKE him. He had the perfect look when he was 30.]

  • Dee

    If he “looked” Sephardi (who don’t look that different from Ashkenazis), then you should be pleased with a non-Jewish actor who looks Sephardi, like Rodrigo Santoro. If all that matters is his physical appearance, then his ancestry should not.

    PS, you’re not by any chance one of those people who believes pale skin and blue eyes originated from Ireland and/or Sweden? Both features originally came from people in the Levant area/around the Black Sea.

  • Dee

    And the Israeli from The Mummy is Ashkenazi, not Sephardi, btw.