That was actually my concern about this issue and that the original 1959 motion picture was perfect! There will be lots of other great rolls coming forth for Tom I’m sure! and as always he seems to have made another wise career decision.

I think he has a great one already coming at us. I know folks are very focused on “I Saw the Light” right now, but I think folks who are currently not fans or only know him from the Thor films will be impressed especially by “High Rise” which seems to have all the makings of a good book-to-film adaptation. Smaller film? Yes, but I still think it will be better received and better for his career in the long run.

(What do other folks think in light of the recent news that Tom won’t be in this newest version?)

In relation to the Ben-Hur news. I'm actually quite glad. I loved the original. I also have no doubt in Tom's acting abilities, but I, too, have no faith in anyone to make a remake that's as good as the original. Ben-Hur is going to be one of those films, I think, that you can never hold a candle to. — Asked by mjolnir-s-master

It’s a tough one to beat. For folks that may not know, the well-known Ben-Hur from 1959 with Charlton Heston was actually a second remake. The first film adaptation of the book was actually in 1907 (a silent film), the 1st remake was in 1925 (another silent film), then the second remake (the one most people know of) came along in 1959. Also for those paying at home, there was a TV mini-series of Ben-Hur out in 2010. So this one coming up (if you count the movies and the TV series) is actually the fourth remake of this book. Wow.

Welp, what do other folks think in light of the recent news that Tom won’t be in this newest version?

torrilla:

Justin Kroll: Just to be very clear, Hiddleston passed on the part three months ago, he will not be BEN-HUR

What are your thoughts my Hiddlestoner Brethren?
(Mr. Kroll works for Variety.)
In Your Humble Narrator’s opinion…I’m taking this as excellent news. As confident as I was in Tom’s ability to perhaps pull this off, I had completely no faith whatsoever with the director or producers involved nor the original screenwriter (the script did change hands to someone much better though). Morgan Freeman officially announcing his involvement did not impress me either. I really like Mr. Freeman but he too has been in some real stinkers mixed in with the awesome. He is also at the point in his career/age where he could make dozens of bad films and it won’t much matter. He’s already a legend in the industry.
Tom’s career on the other hand is on the rise and he has to keep that positive momentum going. I think just being attached/approached for the film (and others in the rumor mill) proves that he’s definitely going in the right direction despite turning this one down.
On a side note it also seems as though Tom won’t be doing “Me Before You” either. Which makes me wonder if he’ll actually go for the Richard II opportunity that director James Ivory presented (http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/director-james-ivory-plans-richard-ii-in-3d-1.1156195). Another high profile person in the industry who wants Tom in his picture. Not bad.

torrilla:

: Just to be very clear, Hiddleston passed on the part three months ago, he will not be BEN-HUR

What are your thoughts my Hiddlestoner Brethren?

(Mr. Kroll works for Variety.)

In Your Humble Narrator’s opinion…I’m taking this as excellent news. As confident as I was in Tom’s ability to perhaps pull this off, I had completely no faith whatsoever with the director or producers involved nor the original screenwriter (the script did change hands to someone much better though). Morgan Freeman officially announcing his involvement did not impress me either. I really like Mr. Freeman but he too has been in some real stinkers mixed in with the awesome. He is also at the point in his career/age where he could make dozens of bad films and it won’t much matter. He’s already a legend in the industry.

Tom’s career on the other hand is on the rise and he has to keep that positive momentum going. I think just being attached/approached for the film (and others in the rumor mill) proves that he’s definitely going in the right direction despite turning this one down.

On a side note it also seems as though Tom won’t be doing “Me Before You” either. Which makes me wonder if he’ll actually go for the Richard II opportunity that director James Ivory presented (http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/director-james-ivory-plans-richard-ii-in-3d-1.1156195). Another high profile person in the industry who wants Tom in his picture. Not bad.

Prince Hal, drunk and giggly on your dashboard. You’re welcome.

lego-loki:

My latest creation is perfect. The mortals will never guess it is fake.

:D
(It has been stated ad nauseum my Hiddlestoner brethren, Tom is officially on Facebook and Twitter only - Sometimes posting via WhoSay)

lego-loki:

My latest creation is perfect. The mortals will never guess it is fake.

:D

(It has been stated ad nauseum my Hiddlestoner brethren, Tom is officially on Facebook and Twitter only - Sometimes posting via WhoSay)