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An intense naval battle, a bloody chariot race and one hot Jesus are what you can expect from the new Ben-Hur. While the 1959 version starring Charlton Heston only gave you a glimpse at the prodigal son, producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey told HipHollywood they wanted the film to have the same epic box office appeal but with more of a faith-based message.

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston play estranged brothers Messala and Judah Ben-Hur, while Rodrigo Santoro plays Jesus … and a pretty hot one, we might add.

But Santoro couldn’t help but blush when we mentioned the buzz about his smoking hot portrayal of Jesus in the film. “Is that what people are saying?” laughed the Brazilian-bred actor. “I’m going to have to quit my job.”

Check out what else the cast had to say about starring in Ben-Hur, which hits theaters August 19.

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Could There Be A ‘Black Panther’ And ‘Luke Cage’ Crossover In The Works?



With all the hype over Black Panther (and it breaking box office records) fans are craving more of the Marvel superhero and crafting ways to intertwine him across the MCU. One theory is to have T’Challa and Luke Cage on screen together for an epic crossover episode during Cage’s sophomore season on Netflix.

The idea isn’t farfetched to Luke Cage star Simone Missick.

“I would love that,” Missick who plays Misty Knight told HipHollywood. “I mean doesn’t Black Panther come to New York, Misty Knight could travel to Wakanda. Maybe she takes a vacation and winds up in Wakanda.”

But while Missick was only speaking hypothetically, she said LC showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and BP director Ryan Coogler are good pals so it’s not out of the question. “They already know each other. Cheo is working on Creed 2 writing the script and that was Ryan’s movie, so that would be awesome.”

Meanwhile, when asked about a Black Panther and Luke Cage meeting on screen, Coker was enthusiastic. “I would love that, I really would!,” he told “I mean, because it would be, like, OK, T’Challa could definitely get on Pop’s free haircut list.”

In an interview with BET, Coogler was asked about three MCU characters coming together – Blade, T’Challa, and Luke Cage.

“I don’t control that stuff. I know that stuff’s all complicated. I wish Kevin [Feige] was here to see if you could talk to him, because he knows more about it. But I think it would be awesome. I loved those characters. [Blade] paved the way for what we’re doing now…And what Cheo [Hodari Coker] is doing with Netflix is just incredible, putting African-American culture on the screen like that and seeing people react to it that aren’t from that culture…the same way they react to a black basketball player or a black musician. It works for film, too. It’s universal.”

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