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Casting: Gal Gadot in talks to play legendary actress (and scientific genius) Hedy Lamarr; Watchmen adds three

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Aug 7, 2018

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is set to play another truly wonderful woman, though this woman doesn't come from the comic book world — she comes straight out of real life.

According to Variety, Gadot is close to reaching a deal to star in (and executive-produce) a new Showtime series based on the life of Hedy Lamarr. Though many are familiar with the Austrian-born Lamarr's acting career (Samson and Delilah, Boom Town, Come Live With Me), not everyone knows that she was also something of a scientific genius. She was a gifted inventor, and her contributions throughout her life included a World War II-era signal that helped the Allies disrupt radio-controlled torpedoes. That alone should make this project interesting for genre audiences.

The series has not been formally picked up by Showtime, but if it is, it would be a limited series under the hand of Sarah Treem, the creator of the Showtime drama The Affair. Warren Littlefield would executive-produce alongside Treem, Gadot, and Gadot's husband Jason Varsano.

The life of Hedy Lamarr is fascinating, and Gal Gadot is certainly an equally fascinating actress to watch. Here's hoping that this one moves forward. For more on the incredible life of Hedy Lamarr, take a listen to the episode of the podcast You Must Remember This that is full of interesting details about her life.


In further casting news, Damon Lindelof's Watchmen series for HBO continues to round out its cast. 

According to Deadline, child actors Dylan Schombing (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency), Adelynn Spoon, and Lily Rose Smith (The Vampire Diaries) have joined the pilot. We have no idea who they will be playing, as Lindelof has made it clear that the show will not be a straight-up adaptation of the original Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel. For all we know, Smith could wind up playing a young Rorschach (don't bet on that).

The cast of Lindelof's re-imagining already includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., and Frances Fisher. We have no idea what characters they are playing, either. The series will be produced for HBO by White Rabbit, in association with Warner Bros Television.

Will it make it past the pilot stage? Will we even recognize it if it does? Who watches the Lindelof? 

(via Variety, Deadline)