Movie News: 'Ben-Hur' Grabs Female Lead from TV's 'Homeland'; Kevin Costner in First 'Black or White' Trailer

Movie News: 'Ben-Hur' Grabs Female Lead from TV's 'Homeland'; Kevin Costner in First 'Black or White' Trailer

Dec 03, 2014


Ben-Hur: Nazanin Boniadi, who plays a CIA agent on TV drama Homeland (above), has been offered the lead female role in the upcoming new version of Ben-Hur. She would star opposite Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), who play best friends in a tale of betrayal, slavery and chariots; Morgan Freeman leads the supporting cast. [Deadline]


White House Down

Source Code: Anna Foerster will direct a sequel to 2011 suspense thriller Source Code. She'll make her feature debut after gaining considerable experience behind the camera, including stints as a cinematographer for director Roland Emmerich, most recently on White House Down (above). The original followed Jake Gyllenhaal as he continually relived eight minutes on a speeding train, trying to prevent a disaster. [Variety]


Matt Reeves

Bank Heist Thriller: Matt Reeves, who directed Let Me In (above) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has signed on to direct a bank-heist thriller. Reportedly, the pitch by writer Matt Charman (Steven Spielberg's upcoming, untitled spy thriller) "is described as in the vein of Heat and Dog Day Afternoon." Reeves won't be able to turn his full attention to the project until after he finishes the next installment of the Apes franchise, due out in 2016. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Black or White

Black or White Trailer: Kevin Costner stars in the first trailer for Black or White, due in theaters on January 30. After his wife dies, he is left alone to care for his beloved biracial granddaughter, but soon finds himself in a custody batle with the girl's paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer). Mike Binder, who previously worked with Costner on 2005's The Upside of Anger, directs. [YouTube]




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