Gal Gadot signs on to star in Holocaust drama Irena Sendler
Deadline has brought word that Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot has formed a production company with her husband and producing partner Jaron Varsano called Pilot Wave, and that the first project the banner is attached to is the Holocaust drama Irena Sadler, on which Gadot has just signed on to star in the titular role.
The film, penned by Justine Juel Gillmer (Into the Badlands), tells the true story of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker, humanitarian and nurse in German-occupied Warsaw in World War II who served as a key figure in the Polish Underground movement in which she helped care for and saved over 2500 Jewish children from being put into concentration camps. After being suspected of helping the children by the Gestapo, she was arrested and put into a camp where she is tortured for information on the movement, creating a race against time to save her and the identities of those she’s helped.
“As producers, we want to help bring stories that have inspired us to life,” Gadot and Varsano said in a statement. “Pilot Wave will create content that promotes the perspectives and experiences of unique people and produce impactful stories aimed at igniting the imagination.”
After getting her start in the acting world with the Fast & Furious franchise, Gadot found her biggest break with the role of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, in the DC Extended Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and Justice League, with the next portrayal coming in Wonder Woman 1984, for which she is also a producer on and is set to hit theaters on June 5, 2020. She can also be seen in the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express follow-up, Death on the Nile, alongside star and director Kenneth Branagh, which is currently filming and set to hit theaters on October 9, 2020.
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