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Hiddleston to ride into Ben-Hur

Tom Hiddleston could be donning a toga and sandals amidst reports he is being considered for a role in the Ben-Hur remake.

The Thor star, best known for playing Loki in the Marvel films, is top choice to play Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur in the new film, reported Deadline.

Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, who directed Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will take the reins on the latest big-adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. 12 Years A Slave's writer John Ridley has written the latest version of the script with Keith Clarke.

The film, which is being backed by MGM and Paramount studios, is scheduled for a release in February 26, 2016.

Lew's book has been turned into four films, a 2010 TV mini-series and a Broadway play.The 1959 film adaptation, starring Charlton Heston, won a record 11 Oscars and was the top-grossing film of 1960.

Tom, who will next be seen in Guillermo del Toro's dark drama Crimson Peak, has been filming Ben Wheatley's new film, High-Rise alongside Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.

The 33-year-old actor is also in talks to star in Me Before You, an adaptation of Jojo Moyes' novel.

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