At the moment the majority of the general public couldn’t pick Gal Gadot out of a lineup (despite the fact she’s appeared in a few Fast & Furious movies), but Hollywood is betting big on the actress. She’s already lined up to play Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman and a solo movie, and now THR reports that she’s in early talks to take the female lead in the planned remake of Ben-Hur.
Assuming she signs on, she’ll join Jack Huston as the title character, alongside Toby Kebbell as Messalla. While the two were friends as boys, with the coming of the Romans Messalla betrays Ben-Hur, which results in his being sold into slavery. He then meets a character played by Morgan Freeman, who teaches him to become a champion chariot racer.
Gadot would play a fellow slave called Esther, who Ben-Hur falls for.
The story take place in parallel to that of Jesus, which its said will be more central to this version that the peripheral (and never properly seen) figure he was in the Oscar-winning 1959 version.
Timur Bekmambetov is set to direct from a screenplay by Keith R. Clarke, with production set to kick off early next year.