Deadline is reporting that casting is underway and contact has been made with Hiddleston, albeit in a preliminary capacity. The studios are apparently eager to get him on board.
Naturally, it is far from a done deal. Hiddlestonis reportedly being sought after for a variety of other roles, including MGM’s Me Before You. It’s unsurprising that he’s in demand as of late. Hiddlestonwould be a fine choice for Ben-Hur; he is considered to be a classical actor in parlour dramas and has broadened his scope and appeal with his portrayal of Loki in the Thor and The Avengers films.
Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley wrote the most recent Ben-Hur draft. Timur Bekmambetov has signed on to direct the project.
Ben-Hur is targeting a February 26th, 2016 release in the U.S. with production scheduled to begin early next year. Expect plenty more news from the project in the near future, as casting decisions are expected sooner rather than later.