Gal Gadot’s rise up the Hollywood ladder can be described as nothing short of meteoric. With Wonder Woman still knocking off milestones at the box office, things are only expected to get bigger for the Israeli actress with Patty Jenkins’ record-breaking film now being touted for Oscar glory by Warner Bros. However, things could have been much different for the DCEU, as Gadot recently revealed she nearly played Furiosa in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which may have taken her away from playing Wonder Woman.
The role, which featured the character helping Max rebel against the tyrant Immortan Joe, eventually went to Charlize Theron, but Gadot admitted it was one of many roles she almost got. According to an interview with the actress on The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, failing to land roles like this had her contemplating quitting the business.
“I had so many almosts for big, great things, but I was never big enough of a name,” Gadot said. “It was always me and ‘the big name.’ It just came to a point where I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this to my family. If it’s not going to work, why push it?’ I was on the verge of quitting everything and just going back to Israel.”
Gadot enjoyed the occasional role like Gisele Yashar in the Fast and Furious franchise, but they were fleeting. Gadot’s character was killed off in Fast & Furious 6 when she sacrificed herself to save fan-favorite character Han Seoul-O, making for a touching, dramatic moment, but also marking the end of a supporting role for Gadot.
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After missing out on the Furiosa casting, Gadot was then cast by Zack Snyder for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her positive reception fast-tracked Jenkins’ movie. Gadot will next be seen uniting the Justice League against Darkseid’s forces in November, as well as in the historic sequel under Jenkins, which will continue to document Diana’s journey into the world of mankind.
Opening Nov. 17, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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