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Ariana Bacle
October 21, 2015 AT 06:03 PM EDT

Moviegoers will have to wait a little longer for the upcoming Ben-Hur remake: Paramount confirmed to EW Wednesday that the film, which was originally set for a February 2016 release date, will now debut in August 2016.

Based on Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the film stars stars Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston as the title character and also features Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro in leading roles. 

The 1880 novel was first adapted for film in 1925, and then again in 1959 for a movie of the same name starring Charlton Heston. Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov will helm the latest version, with Mark Burnett and Sean Daniel producing. John Ridley — who won an Oscar for his 12 Years a Slave screenplay — shares writing credits with Keith R. Clarke.

Ben-Hur, which began filming this year, arrives in theaters Aug. 12, 2016.

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