Gal Gadot to Produce, Star in Film About Holocaust Heroine Who Saved Thousands of Children

'Irena Sendler' will be the first project of Pilot Wave, a production company started alongside husband Yaron Varsano

Gal Gadot and Yaron Versano arrive at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, January 7, 2018.
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Israeli actress Gal Gadot has teamed up with her husband Yaron Varsano to star in and produce "Irena Sendler," a film that follows the story of a Polish woman's heroic effort to save thousands of children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust.

The film will be the first project taken on by the couple's newly formed production company Pilot Wave, which was first reported by Deadline on Friday and later confirmed by Gadot.

The historical thriller will tell the story of the Sendler, who worked for the Polish underground at the height of World War II and helped smuggle 2,500 Jewish children through an elaborate network of volunteers.

Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943, which is where the movie will start, according to Deadline. " The drama becomes a race against time to save not only herself but the identities of the hidden thousands who’ll face certain execution," Deadline writes.

“As producers, we want to help bring stories that have inspired us to life,” Gadot and Varsano told Deadline. “Pilot Wave will create content that promotes the perspectives and experiences of unique people and produce impactful stories aimed at igniting the imagination,” they added.

In August, it was announced that Gadot would portray Jewish actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in a Showtime limited series. Gadot and Varsano will also serve as executive producers of the Showtime series.