Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot set to take leading role in remake of Ben-Hur

News - October 16, 2014

Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot set to take leading role in remake of Ben-Hur
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Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot set to take leading role in remake of Ben-Hur

French actress Gal Gadot, who is currently filming her debut appearance as Wonder Woman, is set to take a leading role in the new big-budget Hollywood remake of Ben-Hur. 

The remake, which is set for release in February 2016, will be directed by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, with 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley currently hard at work on the script.

Jack Huston has already been cast in the title role, which was made iconic by Charlton Heston, with Morgan Freeman also recruited to take the role of originally Ilderim, the man who oversees the slave Judah Ben-Hur's transformation to champion chariot racer.

Ben-Hur, which is adapted from Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, was first filmed in 1959 with Heston in the title role. It tells the story of a Jewish prince, who is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, before he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gadot is set to take the role of Esther, a slave that becomes Ben-Hur's love interest. 

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