Nazanin Boniadi Replaces Gal Gadot as ‘Ben-Hur’ Female Lead

December 4, 2014 | Posted By In Casting | 2272 Views

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Someone just got the biggest role of their career! Nazanin Boniadi has be cast as the female lead, Esther, in Paramount’s “Ben-Hur” according to Deadline.

The remake focuses on best friends Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and Roman tribune Messala (Toby Kebbell). After Ben-Hur returns home after heading to Rome for an education, everything is different. His best friend is a stranger to him, which is made worse when Messala betrays his newly returned friend. A betrayal that sends Judah into slavery and hungry for revenge. Morgan Freeman, Olivia Cooke and Pedro Pascal have already been cast in the project as well

The script has been written by John Ridley and Keith Clarke with Timur Bekmambetov at the helm.

The role of Esther was up for grabs after discussions with Gal Gadot ended because of her Wonder Woman duties. Sofia Boutella, Moran Atias and Natalia Earner were some of the actress in contention for the role.

Boniadi’s credits include some high profiles television shows. She played Nora, one of Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) girlfriends, on “How I Met Your Mother” and Adnan Salif on the third season of “Scandal.” The actress is currently playing Fara Sherazi on Showtime’s “Homeland.” Her other credits include this year’s Afshin Ghaffarian biopic “Desert Dancer.”

“Ben-Hur” will hit theaters Feb. 26, 2016.


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