Gal Gadot, National Geographic team up for series about inspirational young women
Called '#impact,' it's the latest project from the new production company launched by Gadot and her husband.
Wonder Woman may be a fictional hero, but the actress who portrays her is hoping to showcase the stories of real-life female superheroes. Israeli actress Gal Gadot is teaming up with National Geographic for a docu-series that follows inspiring young women around the globe who are exceeding despite living in places that are marred by violence and poverty.
“I’m deeply honored to bring awareness to these young women who are the true heroes among us,” Gadot said. "By partnering with National Geographic ... we’re making a true impact by sharing these incredible stories that will empower, lift and inspire women all over the world.”
Called "#impact," the six episodes are expected to air on Nat Geo's digital platforms, which includes Disney+. The news was announced at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour in California. The move comes on the heels of the announcement that HBO Max, a streaming service which launches in May, is conducting a worldwide search for the next generation of world-changing scientists.
Gadot, a relative newcomer to Hollywood, has made a concerted effort to use her newfound fame for positive purposes – whether it's visiting sick children in the hospital or encouraging her 34 million Instagram followers to donate to relief efforts in Australia after the devastating bushfires there.
The mother of two girls, Gadot plans to be a force both in front of and behind the camera. Together with her husband, Israeli real estate developer Yaron Varsano, they have formed a production company called Pilot Wave. They currently have three biographical dramas in development: a TV series for Showtime about Hedy Lamarr, a prolific film star in the first half of the 20th century who pivoted to an unlikely career as an inventor; a film about the heroine Irena Sendler, who stood up against Nazi Germany; and a movie about the wild true story of a journalist who had a relationship with Fidel Castro. The new National Geographic series "#impact" will also fall under the Pilot Wave umbrella.
Gadot, the 34-year-old former Miss Israel, has a busy year ahead of her. She continues to be a spokesperson for Revlon and has recently become a brand ambassador for Smartwater. She is spending January through March in Atlanta filming "Red Notice," a Netflix original film also starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Ryan Reynolds. And, of course, this summer is when fans can see the highly anticipated sequel to "Wonder Woman," which arrives in theaters on June 5, 2020. But Gadot won't have much downtime to relax after that. "Wonder Woman" director and co-writer Patty Jenkins has announced that the plot for a third "Wonder Woman" film is already underway.
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