‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot is in early talks for the female lead in the remake of 1959 classic ‘Ben Hur’.
Timur Bekmambetov is directing the movie, which is both a remake of the Charlton Heston-starring 1959 movie that won 11 Oscars and an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ’, published in 1880.
If the talks come through, Gadot will play Esther, a slave with whom Ben-Hur falls in love, said the Hollywood Reporter.
The script for the Paramount and MGM’s retelling of old classic was written by Keith Clarke with a rewrite by John Ridley, said the Hollywood Reporter.
Jack Huston is starring as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend, Messala, played by Toby Kebbel. He fights his way to freedom and vengeance by winnng chariot-racing.
The film will shoot in Europe early next year and is eyeing a February 2016 release date. Gadot will play the role of Wonder Woman in the upcoming ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’.