Ayelet Zurer will continue to play the mother of heroes if she signs on to join Ben-Hur. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress, who played Superman's mom in Man of Steel, is in negotiations for the role of Naomi, Ben-Hur's mother, in Timur Bekmambetov's epic.
Zurer will join Jack Huston as the title character, Morgan Freeman as his chariot trainer and Toby Kebbell his enemy Messala. Gal Gadot has been in talks to play Ben-Hur's love interest, but her commitment to play Wonder Woman for Warner Bros. prevented that from happening.
Ben-Hur, which is based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, will race into theaters on Feb. 26, 2016, from MGM and Paramount Pictures.