Israeli actress wins significant role in 'Batman vs. Superman,' scheduled to hit screens in summer of 2015. 'She has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role,' says director Zack Snyder
Gadot was named as one of the three final candidates for the role, alongside Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung about a month ago. On Wednesday evening, entertainment websites overseas reported that the Israeli actress had been chosen to play the iconic role.
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The contract was handled by Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein of the ADD agency, which represents Gadot in Israel and overseas.
The film's director, Zack Snyder, commented on the decision to cast Gadot in the American media: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."
Gal Gadot. Great achievement (Photo: MCT)
Gadot will star in the film alongside Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman.
This is not Gadot's first Hollywood role. She appeared in "Date Night," "Knight and Day," and in three of the "Fast and Furious" films, where she portrayed former Mossad agent Gisele Harabo.
Earlier this week, Gadot mourned the death of "Fast and Furious" co-star Paul Walker in a car crash. "Lost a dear friend today," Gadot wrote on Facebook. "So sudden and tragic... Hard to believe… Paul was a great man with a big heart and passion for life. I'm so sad he's no longer with us."