Gal Gadot to Star in New Netflix Film 'Red Notice'

Israeli actress will act alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds in an art heist thriller

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Gal Gadot arrives at the 90th Academy Awards in March 2018.
Gal Gadot arrives at the 90th Academy Awards in March 2018. Credit: \ Carlo Allegri/ REUTERS
Itay Stern
Itay Stern

Gal Gadot is set to earn a reported $20 million for starring with Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds in the new Netflix film “Red Notice.”

She will be reuniting with Johnson, who appeared with her in the “Fast and Furious” film franchise. Rawson Marshall Thurber (best known for the Ben Stiller comedy “Dodgeball”) will direct.

The plot will take place on several continents and follow the most wanted art thief in the world. As yet, there is no release date.

According to the Deadline website, the film was originally supposed to be produced by Universal Studios, and there was even a release date. The studio eventually decided to withdraw from the project, which ended up at Netflix.

This is one of the most ambitious and expensive projects in the streaming giant's history, due to the three stars' salaries. According to estimates, Gadot and Reynolds will both receive $20 million, while Johnson's pay day could be even higher since he is also a producer on the project.

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This is the first time that Gadot will be acting in a Netflix film. In the past, the Israeli actress rejected an offer to participate in a Netflix science fiction film due to problems with the production schedule of “Red Notice” when the project was still at Universal.

The new movie is another step in Netflix’s cinematic expansion. It was recently reported that Ryan Murphy, one of the outstanding TV creators, (“American Horror Story,” “Pose,” “Glee”) will direct “The Prom,” starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman (who are already starring together in “Big Little Lies”), Ariana Grande and James Corden.

Other important films that are expected to be aired on Netflix are “Good Morning, Midnight,” directed by George Clooney, and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” to be produced by Denzel Washington, and which will star Viola David and Chadwick Boseman.

Ironically, though, the “Red Notice” announcement came days after Netflix reportedly said it was cutting back on lavish movie budgets. This followed the failure of its Ben Affleck and war thriller “Triple Frontier,” which cost a reported $115 million yet failed to generate much buzz when it was released on the platform in March.

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