EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE: Watch Epic Chariot Race From the New 'Ben-Hur'

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Jack Huston is taking the reins from Charlton Heston in the reimagining of the 1959 classic, Ben-Hur, and ET has some of the first scenes!

"It's an incredible honor to be stepping into Charlton Heston's sandals," Huston told ET.

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Based on Lew Wallace's timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Ben-Hur follows the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) and forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

"This is a movie that has such a beautiful message," Huston gushed. "It's a grand epic."

The film, of course, features a heart-pounding chariot race, which is included in our sneak peek. Huston told ET that the spectacular scene was shot with he and Kebbell actually commanding the horses.

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"Everything is incredibly authentic," he revealed. "We really did everything in there."

Ben-Hur, also starring Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro, opens August 12.