The cast of the Ben-Hur remake is shaping up rather well, as soon-to-be Wonder Woman Gal Gadot looks set to join an already starry line-up.
The Fast and Furious actress is in talks to play the female lead in the epic biblical tale based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jack Huston has been cast in the male lead as the Jewish prince, who is betrayed by his best friend Messala and cast into slavery. Toby Kebbell is to be that friend, while Morgan Freeman will play Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a world-class chariot racer in his search for revenge.
Gadot would play Esther, a slave who captures the heart of the Ben-Hur. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal is reportedly in talks for the part of Pontius Pilate.
The MGM and Paramount film is to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov, who is best known for his 2004 Russian-language film Night Watch.
Films to watch this season
Films to watch this season
1/5 Mr Turner, 31 October
Timothy Spall plays the British artist in Mike Leigh's new film Mr Turner. A look at the last quarter-century of his life, the biopic highlights the disparities between Turner's brilliance as an artist and flaws as a man
2/5 Unbroken, 26 December
Written by the Coen Brothers and directed by Angelina Jolie, this Second World War drama chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), who was captured by Japanese forces
3/5 Interstellar, 7 November
Directed by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar features Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. A group of explorers travel through a wormhole - or space "shortcut" - on a voyage aimed at saving humanity
4/5 The Imitation Game, 14 November
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch has been tipped to win an Oscar for his performance as the mathematical genius, who lives with the pressure of hiding his sexuality at a time when homosexuality was criminalised
5/5 Annie, 26 December
Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis is the new little orphan Annie in this reboot of the much-loved musical. A perfect family film
Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are producing, with Keith R Clarke and John Ridley working on the screenplay.
Gadot, from Israel, is also due to play Wonder Woman in the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to be directed by Zack Snyder.
The film serves as a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel and sees Ben Affleck as the caped crusader while Henry Cavill is reprising his role as Superman.
Ben-Hur is scheduled for release on 19 February 2016 in the UK and 26 February in the US.Reuse content