Casting: Boniadi, Jones, Washington, Heard

“Homeland” actress Nazanin Boniadi has scored the female lead role opposite Jack Huston in Timur Bekmambetov’s “Ben-Hur” remake at MGM and Paramount Pictures.

Boniadi will play Esther, the role that Gal Gadot was in discussions before conflicts knocked her out of the running. Boniadi also beat out Sofia Boutella (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”), Moran Atias (“The Next Three Days”) and Natalia Warner (“Learning To Breathe”) for the role. [Source: Deadline]

Felicity Jones (“The Theory Of Everything”) is in early talks for the female lead role in Ron Howard’s film adaptation of the Dan Brown novel “Inferno” at Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.

Tom Hanks reprises his role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon who awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with a doctor (Jones) whom he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague. [Source: Deadline]

Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) is in talks to star in the thriller “Unforgettable” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Kate Hudson is also in early talks to co-star.

Amma Asante (“Belle”) directs the tory which centers on a man whose new wife (Washington) is menaced by his ex-wife (Hudson). Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan are producing. [Source: Variety]

The Danish Girl
Amber Heard is in talks to play the key supporting role of Oola in Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” at Working Title. Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander also star and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce.

Inspired by David Ebershoff’s novel, the love story follows Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. Einar was one of the first men ever to undergo operations to become a woman. [Source: Deadline]