Ex-General Hospital Star Nazanin Boniadi Nabs Ben-Hur Lead

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General Hospital alum Nazanin Boniadi has come along way from her Port Charles roots. The in demand actress will play the lead female role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur, according toDeadline.

Boniadi, a series regular on Showtime's Homeland, has landed role of Esther opposite Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston. According to reports, the Iranian-British actress was in stiff competition for the part. She ultimately won the role, after Gal Gadot passed due to scheduling conflicts. The remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic is slated to hit theaters February 2016.