Homeland's Nazanin Boniadi to star in big-budget remake of Ben-Hur
Nazanin Boniadi, best known for her roles in Homeland and How I Met Your Mother, has been cast as the lead actress in the big-budget remake of Ben-Hur.
The role had been previously been set to be taken by Gal Gadot, who is currently filming her debut appearance as Wonder Woman, but she had to drop out due to other commitments, leaving Boniadi to step in.
The remake, which is set for release in February 2016, will be directed by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, with a script from 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley and Keith Clarke.
Boniadi will play the role of Esther, a slave who becomes Ben-Hur's love interest, reports Deadline.
Jack Huston has already been cast in the title role, which was made iconic by Charlton Heston, with Toby Kebbell playing Messala. 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.