‘Thor’ star wanted for ‘Ben-Hur’ remake…

The folks at Deadline are hearing word that British actor Tom Hiddleston (‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ ‘War Horse’) is being courted by MGM and Paramount Pictures for the lead in a remake of ‘Ben-Hur.’

With Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct, the new adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel focuses on the formative years of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince, and his childhood friend Messala, who returns home as a commanding officer of the Roman legions and betrays the Ben-Hur family.

Hiddleston, who is currently busy filming Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’ alongside Luke Evans, is said to be mulling over several film projects.