Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot to play real-life hero Irena Sendler in new film
Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot is to produce and star in the lead role of real-life hero Irena Sendler in a new movie.
The Israeli actress, together with husband Jaron Varsano, has launched a production company called Pilot Wave, which will be responsible for making the movie.
Irena Sendler was a Polish nurse and social worker, who smuggled 2,500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.
As a humanitarian worker she was granted access to the ghetto and used the opportunity to smuggle children out, saving them from the Holocaust.
She would then place them in Polish families and create fake identities to ensure their safety.
All the while she kept a record of their real names, with the hope that they would be reunited with their families after the war.
Gadot tweeted on Friday: “Pilot Wave is taking off! I’m so excited this is finally out.
“Jaron Varsano and I have been working on this for quite some time and I just CAN'T wait to bring to life all the amazing stories we're working on with all of our wonderfully talented partners.”
The Irena Sendler movie will be one of the company’s first productions, made together with Warner Bros and Marc Platt, known for his work on ‘La La Land’.
Gadot will play the titular Righteous Among the Nations heroine.
“As producers, we want to help bring stories that have inspired us to life,” the actress wrote on Instagram.
“Pilot Wave will create content that promotes the perspectives and experiences of unique people and produce impactful stories aimed at igniting the imagination.”
Alongside her acting career, the actress has been increasingly working as a producer on projects such as the upcoming ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ – the continuation of the 2017 blockbuster.
Gadot was first a model and the 2004 Miss Israel.
After completing her two years obligatory military service, she got her first Hollywood role in the “Fast and Furious” movie (2009).
She gained world-wide fame and acclaim for portraying Wonder Woman in DC’s ‘Justice League’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, finally getting her stand-alone feature in 2017.
To read the full story of Sendler’s extraordinary life click here: