Why Gal Gadot absolutely, positively must be the next Indiana Jones
She already has the skills, the strength, the stamina and the star power. Oh, and she can also hula hoop.
For 37 years, we've been cheering on screen legend Harrison Ford as the geeky, scrappy, fedora-rocking adventurer in the "Indiana Jones" franchise. But he's 75 years old now, and he's already said that the fifth film in the series – as yet untitled and scheduled for release in 2020 – will be his last.
So what's next for good old Indy? With word that director Steven Spielberg is considering tapping a woman to fill Ford's well-worn shoes for future installments, there was one name that came immediately to mind: Gal Gadot, aka Wonder Woman both on screen and in real life.
Here's why we think the Israeli star should be Spielberg's first – and only – choice for the iconic role.
She knows martial arts.
As Gadot, 32, prepared for her Wonder Woman persona to hit the big screen – first in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and then in her own solo film in 2017 – she received training in swordsmanship, Krav Maga, Kung Fu kickboxing, Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Methinks that makes her more than qualified for the role of the rogue archaeologist who's constantly being hunted down by all manner of villains.
She's Israeli, which means she knows a thing or two about archaeology and exploration.
The Montfort (Starkenberg in the German) is a ruined crusader fortress in the Upper Galilee region in northern Israel. (Photo: vad_levin / Flickr)
Built on a tree-lined precipice above the Kziv River in Israel lie the remains of Montfort Castle. A 12th-century stronghold, the site was originally created as an agriculture estate before later being converted into a castle. Today, it offers one of the finest examples of fortified building architecture from the Middle Ages.
It's sites like this – there are several like this all over Israel – that make Gadot's home country a great spot for amazing archaeological discoveries. Over the years, Israelis have made massive discoveries under their own soil, from the site largely believed to once house Jesus' apostles to an ancient Roman theater in Jerusalem to a 5,000-year-old beer keg – and it's a point of pride for Israel's citizens.
"Jerusalem demonstrates that wherever one turns over a stone, ancient artifacts will be found related to the city’s glorious past," said Alex Wiegmann, an Israeli archaeologist.
She knows how to use a whip.
If you're going to play Wonder Woman, you're going to have to know how to maneuver the legendary Lasso of Truth (also known as the Lasso of Hestia). In several iterations of the character, both in comics and on screen, the weapon of choice of the Amazon women of Themyscira forces anyone it captures into submission, compelling its captives to obey the wielder of the lasso and tell the truth.
And if you're recall Indy's famous bullwhip dating back to 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," you'll know that the character never leaves home without it, and that it's helped him escape death on numerous occasions.
A match made in action-movie heaven!
She's no stranger to chase scenes.
"Raiders" may be set before cars were as American as apple pie, but make no mistake: It's filled with the thrills of the chase. A Humvee chase, to be exact. A Humvee chase where Dr. Jones gets punched in the face, shot in the arm and dragged by the tires ... and still climbs back in and wins the battle.
Which brings us to ... our gal Gal. Many of us moviegoers got their first glimpse of Gadot in the action-packed "Fast and Furious" franchise, where she played Gisele, appearing in the fourth, fifth and sixth films in the series. It's worth noting that she did all her own stunts in those three movies. It's also worth noting that you can't go 10 seconds in any "Fast and Furious" movies without stumbling upon a car chase.
You don't reach this degree of cinematic synergy every day.
She's no damsel in distress – and never will be.
Speaking at a Comic-Con panel in 2015, Gadot said she never wants to "play a damsel in distress that needs to be saved." So far, that prophecy is playing out, and earning her a world of praise and accolades. Are you listening, Mr. Spielberg?
She could really rock that 'Indy' headwear.
Harrison Ford may have rocked that signature fedora before Gadot was even born, but that doesn't make his potential successor any less qualified to sport that headwear. After all, before she was the sweetheart of superhero cinema, Gadot got her start as a model. She's been the face of Gucci, Reebok and Castro, proving that style comes as naturally to her as that sultry Israeli accent.
She filmed a big part of 'Wonder Woman' while pregnant.
Five months pregnant, to be precise. And lest you thought this tidbit was just unsubstantiated rumor, note that "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins confirmed it to Entertainment Weekly last April: “She’s pregnant during part of the movie, in a suit out in a field in the freezing cold in others. There are so many things we asked her to do: Now do it on one foot. Now shout while you’re doing it. Now it’s raining in the freezing cold and you’ve lost your voice, go. Every day it was a hilarious gauntlet and she would do it.”
If Gadot can handle saving the world from crazed aliens while simultaneously growing a human, we think she'd be a shoo-in for the next Dr. Jones. (Or is it ... Dr. Joan?)
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