Why you’re about to see a whole lot of Gal Gadot
From a movie about the inventor of Wi-Fi to a Netflix action thriller, buckle up for a barrage of projects from the Israeli actress.
It seems like only yesterday, but it was two years ago this summer when Israeli actress Gal Gadot became a worldwide sensation with her "Wonder Woman" movie. It smashed all sorts of records, becoming one of the best superhero films of all time – and was even considered for an Oscar. Not to mention the fact that, at the time, Cold Stone Creamery introduced a Wonder Woman-themed ice cream, which we just had to try.
That summer saw the 34-year-old actress gracing magazine covers, appearing on talk shows and walking down the red carpet. She was even spotted at the United Nations. But since then, she hasn't fronted a major motion picture. She appeared in the ensemble "Justice League" and as voices in "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and on TV's "The Simpsons."
She's become a spokeswoman for both Reebok and Revlon.
She visited sick children at the hospital and had others visit her on set.
She touted the joys of her home country at the Eurovision singing competition. She even tried skiing.
But her time away from the big screen will soon be over. In the near future, we'll have lots of Gadot to gander at. Let us count the ways...
'Wonder Woman 1984'
The superhero franchise's time-shifting sequel takes place decades after the original – 1984, to be exact. The action revolves around a Cold War-era storyline and a villain named Cheetah, played by "Saturday Night Live" alum Kristen Wiig. The film also sees the return of Chris Pine, who portrayed love interest Steve Trevor in the original film. The movie was filmed mostly in the Washington, D.C. and Virginia areas in the summer of 2018.
"Honestly, words cannot describe this experience," Gadot said when filming on the sequel wrapped. "This journey was so demanding and challenging but we all came and did our very best every take, every day, putting our all out there and I’m so proud. Thank you universe for this opportunity."
"Wonder Woman 1984" was originally scheduled for a December 2019 release date, but is now set to premiere in June 2020 – exactly three years after the first installment premiered. Director and co-writer Patty Jenkins has announced that the plot for a third "Wonder Woman" film is currently underway. The filmmaker said that the next installment could possibly take place in a more contemporary setting.
The international heist film sees Gadot go from superhero to super villain. In the Netflix original, she will star alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Ryan Reynolds. "They’re the greatest and most sophisticated art thieves the world has even known and have all the answers," Johnson explained. "Until I change the questions – because I’m really good at my job, too." Gadot expressed her excitement for the project on social media. "This is gonna be so much fun and I can't wait to share this one with you," she wrote.
Johnson, who is also serving as a producer on the film, is pleased that the movie will premiere simultaneously in 190 countries, thanks to the wide reach of the streaming giant. “With 'Red Notice,' our goal ... was to break down traditional barriers and create a true global event for the audience. Netflix has illustrated that they are the perfect partners to accomplish this goal." Filming begins in January, and no official release date has been set.
'The Untitled Hedy Lamarr Project'
Gadot will be joining the ranks of Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman – movie stars who have taken on roles in prestige TV series on premium cable. Gadot will be portraying the real-life character of Hedy Lamarr for a limited series to air on Showtime. Lamarr was a prolific film star in the first half of the 20th century and then pivoted to an unlikely career as an inventor. The scientific work Lamarr did during World War II to help the U.S. Navy is often credited with being the backbone for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies. She now has both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a shrine in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The series is being developed by Sarah Treem, a producer on "The Affair," a Showtime series based on an Israeli show. Gadot and her husband, Israeli real estate developer Yaron Varsano, both plan to serve as producers on the project as well. Lamarr's popularity has seen a renaissance as of late, thanks to a 2017 Netflix documentary about her.
But before we start to see Gadot in all these projects, she has one more bucket list item to check off her list... go to Disneyland!
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