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December 4, 2014 2:03 pm

Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

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Actress Nazanin Boniadi. Photo: Twitter.

Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday.

The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Actor Jack Huston takes on the titular character in the Ben-Hur remake and the film’s cast includes Morgan Freeman. The film is scheduled to be released in February 2016, according to IMDb.

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