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Gal Gadot set for Showtime series

Gal Gadot will star in the Hedy Lamarr project
(photo: Gage Skidmore)

US cablenet Showtime has ordered a limited series about actor and inventor Hedy Lamarr starring and exec produced by Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot.


The as-yet-untitled drama is based on the life of Lamarr, who came to Hollywood from Europe in 1938 and took the industry by storm.

With her intelligence and ambition far exceeding the roles she was being offered, Lamarr formed her own production company  – an unprecedented move for a woman at that time. In her spare time, she was an avid inventor, eventually patenting a frequency-hopping technology in 1941 upon which modern-day Wi-Fi is predicated.

The series will explore the rise and fall of feminism in the American landscape during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Second World War. It will be written by Golden Globe winner Sarah Treem (The Affair), who will executive produce with Emmy winner Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo), Katie Robbins (The Last Tycoon) and Jaron Varsano (My Dearest Fidel). The project will be produced by The Littlefield Company in association with Showtime and Endeavor Content.

“The life of Hedy Lamarr was a truly fascinating one. She stood at the forefront of many issues that challenge women and our society today,” said Winograde.

In addition, Showtime has given a series commitment to Three Women, based on this summer’s number-one New York Times non-fiction bestseller by Lisa Taddeo, who will executive produce and write for the show.

“In this time when gender relations are under thorough reexamination and introspection, Lisa Taddeo has written the book of the moment,” said Jana Winograde, co-president of entertainment at Showtime Networks alongside Gary Levine.

The cablenet has also ordered a second season of City on a Hill, its drama executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge. The series is a fictional account of The Boston Miracle, a police initiative to reduce gun- and gang-related crime and racism in the city in the 1990s.

It is executive produced by creator Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), while Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street) serves as showrunner and executive producer.

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