Warner Bros. is denying a report that Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot is threatening to abandon the role unless the studio severs the franchise’s financing ties with RatPac-Dune Entertainment — the production company cofounded by filmmaker Brett Ratner, who is facing a litany of sexual-harassment allegations.
A representative for Warner Bros. told SYFY WIRE Monday that the report is “false.”
Gadot, who’s brought critical acclaim and a fresh perspective to the iconic character in DC’s Wonder Woman movie, is set to appear in a heavily anticipated follow-up. The release date for the sequel, originally slated for Dec. 13, 2019, has been moved up six weeks to Nov. 1 in order to avoid a head-to-head box-office battle with the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.
Gadot has been a vocal proponent of shining a light on sexual harassment in Hollywood at a time when women and men — including a slew of actresses, actors, and behind-the-scenes players — have spoken out about the topic in the wake of a cavalcade of accusations of sexual misconduct against Miramax cofounder Harvey Weinstein.
“I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out,” she said last month via her Instagram account.
Ratner is among a growing list of men caught up in a recent surge of sexual-harassment and sexual-assault allegations in Hollywood.
Earlier this month, Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge, and four other women told The Los Angeles Times that Ratner had made unwelcome sexual advances toward them. Through his attorney Martin Singer, Ratner has denied all of the women’s allegations.
According to a separate L.A. Times story, “a person with knowledge of the matter” said Warner Bros. “will not renew its production deal with Ratner and the fate of his company’s $450-million co-financing agreement beyond 2018 is unclear.”
Ratner himself told the Times and other media outlets he has chosen “to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities" in order to prevent “any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”
RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Warner Bros. appear to be obligated to their current co-financing agreement through spring of 2018, according to that report.