If everything goes according to plan, it looks like Gal Gadot is going to be playing a wonder woman of a different kind as she takes on the part of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in a new limited series for Showtime created by The Affair's Sarah Treem.
Hedy Lamarr was born on Nov. 9, 1914 in Austria, and had an acting career — largely through MGM — that spanned from the late 1930s to the 1950s, including such films as Algiers, Boom Town, I Take This Woman, Comrade X, Come Live With Me, H.M. Pulham, Esq., and Samson and Delilah (easily her most popular film). Additionally — and this was highly unusual for a female at the time — she was an inventor. Together with composer George Anthell, she developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during World War II, which was able to prevent the Axis powers from jamming them. Reportedly the basic idea of what they had developed actually became a part of Bluetooth technology. In 2014, they were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Hedy, whose career as an actress went into decline in the late 1950s, passed away on January 19, 2000.
As noted, this show would be a limited series along the lines of Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman's Big Little Lies, Benedict Cumberbatch's Patrick Melrose, Julia Robert's Today Will Be Different, and Amy Adams' Sharp Objects.
For her part, Gal is currently shooting Wonder Woman 1984, marking the fourth time she's playing the Amazon princess after having previously done so in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and Wonder Woman. Over the years, she's starred in a number of TV series, among them 2007's Bubot (produced in her native Israel), set in world of modeling and exploring a combination of intrigue, conspiracies and (of course) love; 2009's The Beautiful Life, a short-lived series about a group of models who decide to live together in New York; 2011's Asfur, a show about four guys living on a Jerusalem farm who have a month to raise $55,000 or they'll lose their home in foreclosure (she plays a character named Kika), and 2012's Kathmandu, which, according to IMDB, is about a "young ultra-orthodox couple who volunteer to establish 'Chabad House' in Kathmandu for Israel backpackers."
Variety, which reported the original story, notes that Showtime refused to comment on the series.