Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot drops out of Ben-Hur remake
Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who is currently filming her debut appearance as Wonder Woman, has been forced to drop out of 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 a script from 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley and Keith Clarke.
Gadot had been lined for the role of Esther, a slave that becomes Ben-Hur's love interest, but has now had to pass on the role after deciding that her commitment to Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the plethora of other DC comic book movies must take priority, reports The Wrap.
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.