Gal Gadot already has a few films under her belt, but her career is about to blow up in a big way very soon. Last year, the actress signed on to star as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' shared DC film universe, beginning with an appearance in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. Earlier this month, we learned the full extent of Gadot's commitment to Diana, as WB finally revealed their slate of upcoming comic book movies. And while all members of the Justice League are going to get their chance to shine, Gadot is going to be facing quite a heavy workload in a short period of time.
In addition to her role in Batman V Superman, she will lead her own vehicle in June 2017's Wonder Woman, as well as joining other heroes in the two parts of the Justice League extravaganza (which will debut in November 2017 and June 2019, respectively).
With her hands tied up with DC business for the next few years, it's unlikely that Gadot will have much time to take on other big scale productions, and today we learned that may well be the case. A few weeks ago Gadot was circling the part of Esther in the remake of Ben-Hur, but a certain Amazonian princess will apparently prevent her from signing on.
The Wrap broke the story, citing scheduling conflicts between Timur Bekmambetov's historical epic and Snyder's superhero crossover. Gadot ended negotiations with Paramount (the studio behind Ben-Hur) when she determined that she couldn't balance her time between two lengthy film shoots.
When we first reported on her potential involvement with Ben-Hur, it was deemed possible that Gadot's status as a key player for WB/DC would be a roadblock too great to clear. Bekmambetov's cameras will start rolling early next year, and while production on Batman V Superman should be done before then, it's still currently filming as we approach November. Whether Gadot has more scenes to film, needs free time for pickups, or is simply taking a break before her life gets really crazy, one epic role is enough at present.
Since both Wonder Woman and Justice League Part One will hit theaters just a few months apart, it's plausible that they will be shooting around similar timeframes. Theoretically, WB could set up the production schedules in a way so that their leading lady (and the rest of the in-demand cast) can sustain some semblance of a normal life.
As such, it makes sense for Gadot to keep her planner (relatively) clear for the time being. WB is still in the early stages of establishing their DC universe, so until filming dates are set in stone, all parties involved would be wise to sit back and enjoy some R&R while they can.
For Bekmambetov and his team, this is certainly a setback. The one positive is that the question of Gadot's availability was answered quickly, so the director still has ample time to find a suitable replacement before he starts production. So far, no other names have emerged on the rumor mill (the part was reportedly Gadot's to lose), so the identity of the new Esther is anyone's guess.
That said, Bekmambetov would be wise to start scouting actresses as soon as possible.
Ben-Hur will hit theaters February 26, 2016.
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Source: The Wrap