Timur Bekmambetov is amassing quite the cast for his Ben-Hur remake. He’s already got Jack Huston set to lead as the title character, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who’s wrongly accused of harming a governor and sold into slavery with Morgan Freeman stepping in as Ildarin, the man responsible for training him to become a top chariot racer. Toby Kebbell will portray the film’s villain, Messala, Ben-Hur’s former best friend who’s responsible for manipulating the aforementioned accident to make Ben-Hur look guilty. Now there are reports claiming that both Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Gal Gadot are in the mix as well.
Hit the jump to find out more about who they may be playing. The Ben-Hur remake is set for a February 26, 2016 release and is expected to go into production in Europe in early 2015.
According to THR, Gadot is in early negotiations for the female lead, Esther, the slave Ben-Hur falls for. News of Pascal’s involvement comes from Deadline with the outlet reporting that he’s in talks for the role of Pontius Pilate. Apparently Bekmambetov’s rendition sticks closer to the 1880 Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 William Wyler film did, so expect Pontius to play a bigger role in this one.
The Ben-Hur script comes from The Way Back’s Keith Clarke with 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley doing a rewrite. Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are all on board to produce with Clarke, Roma Downey and Jason Brown serving as executive producers.