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Casting Net: Paul Wesley to star in and produce 'Convergence'

17 November 2014 6:33 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• The Vampire DiariesPaul Wesley will star in Convergence, a vehicle for him to star in and produce. Little is known about the plot at this time, but the film is said to follow a group of underground biotech engineers who experiment with a new technology that exceeds their expectations. Jeff Richard wrote the script. Filming is planned for next spring in Shanghai and Atlanta. [Deadline] • Sam Huntington, of Being Human fame, has been cast as the lead in Finding Sofia. Nico Casavecchia is directing the indie comedy, which follows Huntington as a young filmmaker who buys a ticket to Buenos »

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Ayelet Zurer Circling Role In Ben-Hur Remake

13 November 2014 5:53 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

MGM’s remake of 1959 historical epic Ben-Hur failed to nab Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice actress Gal Gadot (who had to pass on the project due to a scheduling conflict), but it may have managed to get a hold of another powerful woman in Superman’s life all the same.

According to THR, Ayelet Zurer, who played Superman’s Kryptonian birth mother Laura Lor Van in Man of Steel, is circling a role in Ben-Hur, though it’s not the same one that was offered to Gadot. If she ends up committing to the project she’ll play Naomi, the mother of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston).

This marks one of several big projects to come Zurer’s way following last year’s Superman reboot; she recently wrapped production on Last Days in the Desert opposite Ewan McGregor, and has been cast as Vanessa Fisk, the wife of the Kingpin, »

- James Garcia

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Olivia Cooke In Talks For Ben-Hur

13 November 2014 4:21 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The casting information about the new take on the Ben-Hur story is coming in quicker than a speeding chariot. With director Timur Bekmambetov looking to set his cast quickly ready for shooting to gear up, Ouija star Olivia Cooke is circling the role of Tirzah, Ben-Hur’s sister.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to chronicle the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and Messala (Toby Kebbell), best friends growing up in Jerusalem. Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector who is packed off to be educated in Rome for five years. Upon his return, Messala mocks our hero for his religion. After an accident he pins on his friend, he has him sold into slavery, while imprisoning his mother and sister. Cue a quest for revenge that includes (in the 1959 Charlton Heston film, at any rate) the iconic chariot race. »

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'Ben-Hur' Remake Eyes 'Man of Steel' Star Ayelet Zurer

11 November 2014 4:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Man of Steel star Ayelet Zurer is in talks to star in MGM and Paramount's epic remake Ben-Hur, which is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

If a deal is finalized, Ayelet Zurer will play Naomi, the mother of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston). The story follows Judah as he is sold into slavery by his childhood friend Messalla (Toby Kebbell), which sends him on a journey of vengeance. Morgan Freeman is playing Ben-Hur's mentor, who teaches him the fine art of chariot racing, a skill which will come in handy during the remake's finale.

The story, which was originally written by Keith R. Clarke with rewrites by John Ridley, also follows the parallel tale of Jesus Christ, an aspect of the plot that was in Lew Wallace's original 1880 novel, but left out of the 1959 Ben-Hur adaptation starring Charlton Heston.

Mark Burnett is producing alongside Sean Daniel and Joni Levin, »

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Ayelet Zurer In Talks For Ben Hur

11 November 2014 11:05 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

While Timur Bekmambetov and the team making the new Ben-Hur already tried unsuccessfully to secure the services of one actress from a Zack Snyder superhero film (Gal Gadot, who had to pass due to her Wonder Woman schedule), they appear to be closer to another. Man Of Steel’s Ayelet Zurer is now in talks to take a role.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to chronicle the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and Messala (Toby Kebbell), best friends growing up in Jerusalem. Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector who is packed off to be educated in Rome for five years. Upon his return, Messala mocks our hero for his religion and, after an accident he pins on his friend, has him sold into slavery. Cue a quest for revenge that includes (in the 1959 Charlton Heston film, »

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'Ben-Hur' Loses Gal Gadot Due to 'Wonder Woman' Movie Commitments

30 October 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just two weeks after entering talks to play the female lead in MGM and Paramount's Ben-Hur remake, actress Gal Gadot has backed out, citing scheduling conflicts with her Wonder Woman role on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Production on Ben-Hur isn't slated to begin until early next year, but the actress is also attached to star as Wonder Woman in her own stand-alone movie and Justice League Part 1. Both of those projects were confirmed to hit theaters in 2017, when Warner Bros. and DC Comics announced their massive superhero slate on the same day that the news of Gal Gadot's Ben-Hur casting broke.

MGM and Paramount would not comment on the actress dropping out, and it isn't known if there are other contenders for her role that are currently in the mix. If she would have stayed with the remake, Gal Gadot would have played Esther, a slave who falls for Ben-Hur, »

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Gal Gadot In Talks For Ben-Hur

30 October 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Update: Looks like her Wonder Woman gig has proved too conflicting for Ben-Hur. Scheduling issues means she's dropped out of talks for the Biblical epic. Though her Justice League duties – including the long-awaited solo Wonder Woman film that has just been confirmed – will keep her busy in the coming years, Gal Gadot isn’t just relying on superhero work to push her career along. She’s now in talks for a lead role in Ben Hur.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to chronicle the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and Messala (Toby Kebbell), best friends growing up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire takes over. Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector who is packed off to be educated in Rome for five years. Upon his return, he mocks our hero for his religion, »

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Gal Gadot and Pedro Pascal May Join the Ben-hur Remake

16 October 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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 ThronesPedro 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, »

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Gal Gadot & Pedro Pascal Circling Roles in New 'Ben-Hur' Adaptation

16 October 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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 »

- Ethan Anderton

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Gal Gadot And Pedro Pascal Join ‘Ben Hur’

16 October 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot and Game Of Thrones star Pedro Pascal have joined the cast of Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of the classic Ben Hur. The film, which is in pre-production over at MGM and Paramount, will also star Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, and Morgan Freeman with Huston playing the title role.

Pascal (above) will play the role of Pontius Pilate in the film, which is said to be a closer to the 1880 Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 William Wyler movie version which was led by Charlton Heston.

Gadot will play the female lead in the film, thogh we know little more than that. Bekmambetov directs the film, which will star production next year for a February 2016 release.

Source: Various »

- Paul Heath

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'Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal will sentence Jesus to death in the 'Ben-Hur' remake

16 October 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Movies give Pontius Pilate a bad wrap. Yes, he gave the orders to crucify Jesus Christ. But check canonical Biblical writing and one finds a tinge of reluctance, a man of power caving under the peoples' demands. Plus, would we still be talking about God's Son if Pilate didn't off him in the grisliest way possible? Silver linings. Pending deals, the next on-screen Pilate could add all this nuance with a splash of smarmy charm. Deadline reports that "Game of Thrones" favorite Pedro Pascal is in talks to play Judaea's prefect in the upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur." The film is said to skew closer to Lew Wallace's 1880 novel than the 1959 Charlton Heston-led epic, which chronicled the parallel stories of Jewish prince-turned-slave Judah Ben-Hur's quest for revenge and Christ's Passion. The in the original film, Pilate presides over the major chariot race setpiece and orders Jesus' death. He »

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Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal in talks for Ben-Hur remake

16 October 2014 3:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pedro Pascal has entered talks for MGM and Paramount's Ben-Hur remake.

The Game of Thrones star is in line to play Pontius Pilate in director Timur Bekmambetov's project, reports Deadline.

Jack Huston will take the title role in the film, with Morgan Freeman as Ildarin, the man who oversees the slave Judah Ben-Hur's transformation to champion chariot racer.

Gal Gadot is in talks to play a slave named Esther who falls in love with Ben-Hur.

Pascal played Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones season four.

Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ forms the basis for the film, centring on Ben-Hur, a prince in Jerusalem who is betrayed and sold into slavery.

The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.

Ben-Hur is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. »

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Pedro Pascal in Negotiations to Play Pontius Pilate in ‘Ben-Hur’

16 October 2014 2:25 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Even more “Ben-Hur” news.

On the same day with Gal Gadot in talks for the leading lady role in “Ben-Hur,” Deadline discovered HBO’s “Game of Thrones” actor Pedro Pascal is also in negotiations for a part. The site claims he’ll be playing Pontius Pilate, who will play a significant role in the remake of the film.

The site also indicated the “Ben-Hur” remake will be closer to the 1889 Lew Wallace novel with a certain parallel to the Jesus Christ storyline rather than the 1959 film with Charlton Heston.

If everything works out, he’ll join Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman and perhaps Gal Gadot. Production will begin early next year with a release date on February 26, 2016.

Pascal played Oberyn Martell or Red Viper of Dorne on the “Game of Thrones. And of course, he had an impressive arena battle in a fight to the death that would just make one’s head explode. »

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Gal Gadot being eyed for female lead in Ben-Hur remake

15 October 2014 11:01 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the announcement of a standalone Wonder Woman movie, Gal Gadot has also been revealed to be in the running for the female lead of the Ben-Hur remake. Gadot will play Esther in the movie. Since being cast as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actress has become highly sort after for a range of roles.

The new version of Ben-Hur is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and is based upon the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ, with Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) contibuting to the script. It will tell the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and his blood fued with childhood friend Messala, a Roman who betrays Ben-Hur, resulting in him being sold into slavery and vowing revenge.

The film stars Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Ben-Hur with Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises »

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'Ben-Hur' Casts 'Game of Thrones' Star Pedro Pascal

15 October 2014 7:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just hours after we reported Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is in talks for the female lead in MGM's Ben-Hur, Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal is now in talks to play Pontius Pilate.

Pontius Pilate plays a significant part in the Ben-Hur remake, which will be much more faithful to Lew Wallace's original 1880 novel, which told the parallel tale of Jesus Christ alongside Ben-Hur's story. In the Bible, Pontius Pilate is the prefect from Judea who oversaw the trial of Jesus Christ and ordered his crucifixion.

Jack Huston is playing the title character, who was betrayed by his longtime friend Messalla (Toby Kebbell), and sold into slavery. Morgan Freeman plays Ben-Hur's new mentor, who teaches him to become a chariot racer, a skill which will come in handy during the epic chariot race towards the end of this remake, mirroring the original Ben-Hur's iconic finale. »

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Pedro Pascal In Talks To Play Pontius Pilate For Ben-Hur Remake

15 October 2014 7:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This morning, we heard news that MGM’s remake of the 1959 swords-n-sandals epic, Ben-Hur, had nearly bagged itself a leading lady. Wonder Woman Gal Gadot might be signing on the dotted line to join a cast that so far, consists entirely of chaps. And now we can add another bloke to the ever-expanding call sheet, as Game Of Thrones star Pedro Pascal is also in negotiations for a juicy role.

Earlier this year, Pascal fought valiantly as Oberyn Martell in season four of HBO’s medieval fantasy series. His showiest moment alas came during his last scene, as he fought the hulking monstrosity known as The Mountain. He was an immensely likeable character and it’s a shame we won’t see him return to Westeros. However, if he signs on for Ben-Hur, he’ll still be kitted out in the finest period garb as he’s slated to play Pontius Pilate. »

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Casting Net: Gal Gadot in talks for 'Ben-Hur;' more

15 October 2014 6:44 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Gal Gadot is in talks for the female lead in Ben-Hur. Timbur Bekmambetov is directing. The work is a remake of the 1959 film of the same name, as well as an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film follows Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by Messala (Toby Kebbell). Morgan Freeman will play the man who teaches Ben-Hur the art of chariot-racing. If Gadot signs on, she will play Esther, a slave and the love interest of Ben-Hur. Keith Clarke penned the script with a rewrite by John Ridley. »

- C. Molly Smith

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal In Talks To Play Pontius Pilate In ‘Ben-Hur’

15 October 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Pedro Pascal, who made an indelible impression on the last season of  HBO’s Game Of Thrones, is in talks to play Pontius Pilate in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed Ben-Hur remake at MGM and Paramount. In Game Of Thrones, Pascal played Oberyn Martell (also called the Red Viper of Dorne), who volunteered to fight a death battle in the arena to win the freedom of accused king killer Tyrion Lannister. The Viper engaged in battle with The Mountain, a brutish warrior who years before had raped and murdered Oberyn’s sister. Oberyn had the brute dead to rights, but got a little careless and too close, and ended up on the wrong end of The Mountain’s crushing grip. But Pascal stayed around long enough to make a strong impression.

If talks with Pascal work out, he will join Jack Huston, as well as Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman and Gal Gadot in the film. »

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Gadot, Pascal Join "Ben-Hur" Remake

15 October 2014 5:11 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Gal Gadot ("Fast Five," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") and Pedro Pascal ("Game of Thrones") are in talks to play the female lead and Pontius Pilate respectively in the reboot of "Ben-Hur" at MGM Pictures.

Jack Huston plays the title character who is betrayed by his former best friend (Toby Kebbell) and sold into slavery. Morgan Freeman also stars.

Gadot will play a slave named Esther whom Ben-Hur falls for. Pascal's Pontius Pilate plays an important part in the story which includes a parallel storyline involving Jesus Christ.

Timur Bekmambetov directs from a screenplay by Keith R. Clarke and John Ridley. The film is aiming to be a more faithful adaptation the original Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 film adaptation starring Charlton Heston.

Shooting begins in Europe early next year ahead of a February 2016 release.

Source: Variety & Deadline »

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'Ben-Hur' Eyes 'Wonder Woman' Star Gal Gadot

15 October 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Gal Gadot is in early talks to take the female lead in MGM's upcoming reboot Ben-Hur.

Jack Huston is set to star as the title character, who is betrayed by his former best friend Messalla (Toby Kebbell), and sold into slavery. Ben-Hur embarks on a quest for justice, joining forces with Morgan Freeman's character, who teaches him to become a champion chariot racer. If her deal is finalized, Gal Gadot will play a slave named Esther, whom Ben-Hur falls in love with.

Timur Bekmambetov is directing from a screenplay by Keith R. Clarke, with John Ridley providing the most recent script revisions. The story is said to be much more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel, featuring the parallel story of Jesus Christ, which was not included in the original 1959 Ben-Hur movie.

Son of God producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett »

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