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Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot downloads new role in Wreck-It Ralph sequel

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Aug 10, 2018

Wonder Woman 1984 actress Gal Gadot is entering the digital world in Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 — and she looks to be kicking just as much butt as fans might expect.

She will be voicing Shank, who is described as "a tough-as-nails street racer," and playable character in the online racing game Slaughter Race (an ode to Roger Corman's Death Race 2000?), who "takes her role and her tricked-out car very seriously and doesn’t like to lose." Shank acould be an overt reference to Gisele Yashar, Gadot's character in the Fast and Furious franchise, and the actress looks to certainly tap into that experience.

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Credit: Disney Animation 

Our two main heroes, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), meet Shank when they travel to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement game for Vanellope's game, Sugar Rush. As an experienced racer herself, Vanellope will go head to head in a street race with Shank in the movie, impressing the Gadot-voiced veteran.

“Shank is amazing at driving cars and has this bad-girl vibe to her. But as the movie goes on you realize how fun, wise and warm she really is on the inside, which is what I like most about her," Gadot said in an official release from Disney.

In a way, it sounds like Shank will be a parallel to Jane Lynch's Sergeant Calhoun, a grizzled alien-killing machine (programmed with the most tragic backstory ever) who ends up marrying Jack McBrayer's Fix-It Felix Jr.

“She is the coolest character in this world of Slaughter Race,” said director Rich Moore. “Shank’s lived a lot, she’s seen a lot, yet she’s got nothing but kindness in her heart—that’s the duality of that character.”

Written by Phil Johnston and Pamel Ribon, the highly anticipated sequel will feature cameos from a ton of Disney properties like Star Wars, Marvel, and pretty much every Disney princess ever. With the entire Internet at their disposal, the story can fit in a ton of meta references to the real world. While speaking on Gadot's role, Johnston said:

"Gadot adds extraordinary dimension to the character. There's so much texture to her voice and so much living in her voice. If Ralph is Vanellope's big-brother figure, we wanted a big-sister figure. We wanted someone that Vanellope would look up to, and Gal is definitely someone kids—and a lot of adults I know—aspire to emulate. I can't imagine anyone else embodying that part.”

Wreck-It Ralph 2 plugs into theaters Nov. 21.