Gal Gadot & Pedro Pascal Circling Roles in New 'Ben-Hur' Adaptation
Following the barrage of news about Warner Bros. Pictures' release plans for their DC Comics big screen ventures, which included a 2017 release date for Wonder Woman, the star of the female superhero flick is lining up another lead role before she has to whip out her lasso again. THR has word that Gal Gadot is in early talks to take the female lead role in Paramount and MGM's co-production of Ben-Hur, a new adaptation of the classic Lew Wallace novel of the same name from 1880. Jack Huston has already taken the lead role of the Jewish prince betrayed by his friend Messala (Toby Kebbell) and now the cast is filling out.
Gadot would play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur falls in love with on his journey, but a deal isn't done yet. Also in talks for a role, according to Deadline, is last season's fan favorite "Game of Thrones" star Pedro Pascal who would take the equally alliterative role of Pontius Pilate. If the two end up signing on for the film, they will also join Morgan Freeman, who just feels right at home in an epic like this, as the man who shows Ben-Hur how to rock the chariot races. Production is slated to begin in Europe early next year with Timur Bekmambetov directing the film for a February 2016 release. Sound good?