Gal Gadot in Talks to Star as Real Life Wonder Woman Hedy Lamarr
Gal Gadot knows a thing or two about playing a Wonder Woman, and now the star of DC’s most popular (and critically acclaimed) superhero franchise may be heading to the small screen to play a real life wonder woman. Gadot is in talks to star in and executive produce a limited series for Showtime about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr. The series is being led by Sarah Treem, co-creator and executive producer of The Affair, who will executive produce and write the script. Gadot and The Handmaid’s Tale producer Warren Littlefield will also executive produce.
You’re not sure who Hedy Lamarr was? Here’s a brief primer, which goes some way of explaining why Gadot would be interested in playing her: The Austrian born Lamarr became one of America’s biggest film stars in the 1940s, starring opposite Spencer Tracy in I Take This Woman, in Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah, and Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Strange Woman to name a few of her big roles. Yet this multifaceted polymath had a little side hustle, working alongside composer George Antheil on a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during World War II. Lamarr’s contribution to this effort ultimately spearhead a technology that is considered a precursor to bluetooth and wifi. So yes, Lamarr was perhaps even more fascinating than the women she played on screen (in fact, she almost certainly was.)
Gadot seems like a natural fit for the role, and with a topnotch team behind her this could be a very potent limited series. She’s currently hard at work filming Wonder Woman 1984, which is due in theaters on November 1, 2019.
Featured image: PALM SPRINGS, CA – JANUARY 03: Actress Gal Gadot attends the Variety’s Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to watch at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at Parker Palm Springs on January 3, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)