Gal Gadot to Star as Jewish Actor-inventor Hedy Lamarr in New American TV Show

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Gal Gadot speaking at Comic-Con panel for "Wonder Woman 1984" in San Diego, July 21, 2018.
Gal Gadot speaking at Comic-Con panel for "Wonder Woman 1984" in San Diego, July 21, 2018.Credit: Chris Pizzello / Invision /AP

Gal Gadot is in talks to star as Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr in a TV series for American cable channel Showtime.

The Israeli actor's first starring role in a U.S. television series will come on the back of her acclaimed performances as Wonder Woman, which turned her into a star around the world (give or take the odd Arab nation). Gadot is currently working on a sequel, "Wonder Woman 1984."

Lamarr (née Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) was born to Jewish parents in Vienna, in 1914. She first rose to prominence appearing in German films in the 1930s – achieving notoriety after appearing nude in the 1932 film "Ecstacy," which led to the film being banned in the United States.

Soon after, she married munitions manufacturer and Austrofascist Fritz Mandel, who legend has it attempted to buy up all the known copies of the film in which his wife appeared nude. Benito Mussolini was reportedly one of those who refused to sell his personal print of "Ecstacy" to Mandel.

Lamarr headed to the United States in 1937 and made her Hollywood debut the following year in "Algiers." She starred in some 20 films over the next decade, with her biggest role probably Delilah in the Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic "Samson and Delilah" in 1949.

After another decade appearing in generally low-profile movies, Lamarr retired from acting in 1958 and moved to Florida. Her acting career may have been different, though, if she hadn't turned down the lead roles in "Gaslight" and "Casablanca" during the war years.

Hedy Lamarr in "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story."Credit: Courtesy of HOT 8

Lamarr returned to the spotlight last year with a documentary about her called "Bombshell."

The film proved a revelation, concentrating as it did on her lesser-known career as an inventor. Comedy legend Mel Brooks is among those in the documentary revealing their ignorance of her work co-inventing frequency-hopping technology to help radio-guided torpedoes avoid enemy detection.

Today, her invention is credited with helping to create Wi-Fi and is utilized in GPS and Bluetooth technology.

The Showtime series about Lamarr will be a limited series and written by Sarah Treem – who also works with Israeli Hagai Levi ("In Treatment") on another hit Showtime show, "The Affair.”

Model-turned-actor Gadot previously starred in Israeli TV series "Asfur" (2011) and "Kathmandu" (2012), but has focused on movies since breaking out in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise earlier this decade. She has appeared as Wonder Woman three times on screen – in last year's eponymous superhero movie plus "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) and "Justice League" (2017).

The Hollywood Reporter revealed last month that Gadot will also star opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a new action-comedy heist thriller called “Red Notice.” The movie, which is expected to hit theaters in 2020, will follow an Interpol agent who sets out to find the most wanted art thief in the world.

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