Here's why Gal Gadot absolutely must play Hedy Lamarr in a TV series
The life of the legendary actress-turned-inventor is coming to the small screen, and we can't think of a better person to portray her than Wonder Woman herself.
There's going to be a TV series about Hedy Lamarr, and Gal Gadot is going to star in it.
For those who aren't familiar, Hedy Lamarr was an actress. She was born in Vienna, did some early films in Czechoslovakia, moved to Paris, then London, then Hollywood. She became a prolific film star from the 1930s to the '50s. Oh, and she also invented a few things and was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Brains + beauty = life goals.
So now, it's on good authority that a limited series about the legendary screen gem will be made for Showtime. And who will be playing her? None other than Gal Gadot, Israel-born "Wonder Woman" star.
When we heard this news, we started doing flips. Then we got to work, thinking of all the reasons we absolutely can't wait to see our favorite Israeli superhero actress embody Lamarr.
They already totally resemble each other.
When Steve Carell played notorious multimillionaire John du Pont in the 2014 film "Foxcatcher," he had to wear a prosthetic nose and speak in a gravelly, weak mumble. He didn't even look like Steve Carell anymore.
But with Gadot playing Lamarr, well ... just look at the photo collage below. Uncanny, isn't it?
They already have so many features in common, we're pretty sure no prosthetics will be needed.
Lamarr tinkered in technology, and Gadot is a spokeswoman for it.
Lamarr, who died in 2000 at the age of 85, is known almost as much for being an inventor as for her acting. At the beginning of World War II, she and composer George Antheil developed a frequency-hopping signal system to avoid enemy torpedoes. The technology wasn't adopted until the 1960s, but it's believed that Lamarr and Antheil's work was the basis of Bluetooth and similar to methods used in the development of Wi-Fi and GPS. She now has both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a shrine in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Gadot, for her part, inked a deal as spokesperson for Chinese cell phone maker Huawaei. She's also quite schooled in social media, with a cache of followers on Instagram. And – this is key – she's from Israel, one of the most tech-savvy countries in the world, teeming with startups and mind-blowing inventions.
They've both starred in record-breaking blockbuster films.
"Samson and Delilah," starring Lamarr opposite Victor Mature, won 2 Oscars and was the highest-grossing film of 1949. "Wonder Woman," released in 2017, won zero Oscars (boo, Academy!) but is now the highest-grossing superhero origin film of all time.
With that resume, it's no "wonder" Gadot will be a shoo-in for the role of Lamarr.
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