Gal Gadot is going from one wonderful role to another. After months of speculation, Showtime confirmed at Friday’s TCA’s panel that Gadot was set to star in and executive produce a new limited series about famed actress Hedy Lamarr. No other details were given so we don’t know what the series is titled or when it will be released, but work has already begun on the series. In fact, Showtime boss Gary Levine said, “The writer’s room is just gathering and just hired researchers this week.”
Lamarr, who sadly passed away in 2000 due to heart disease, came over to the US from Austria in 1938 and became an instant Hollywood star, solidifying her status among the ranks of such talent like Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, and others. However, she was also an inventor and worked with composer George Antheil on a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during World War II and she pioneered frequency technology that we still use in our WiFi systems and Bluetooth devices.
The Showtime series will track her life from 1938 onward and is said to ” explore the rise and fall of feminism in the American landscape during Golden Age of Hollywood and World War II, aiming to find, in Lamarr’s life and legacy, clues for who we are now,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
“The life of Hedy Lamarr was a truly fascinating one. She stood at the forefront of many issues that challenge women and our society today,” said Showtime entertainment president Jana Winograde. “In Gal Gadot, we have found the transcendent actress to portray the deeply complex Lamarr. And with the award-winning talents of Sarah Treem and Warren Littlefield, this is going to be a special series.”
Treem, who co-created The Affair, will write the series and also serve as executive producer alongside Littlefield and Yaron Varsano.
Gadot is set to appear in the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman 1984 as well as Death in the Nile and Red Notice. It’s thought that the new Lamarr series will begin production when Gadot is finished shooting Nile and Notice.