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The cast of the movie "Fast and Furious 5" (from left) director and producer Justin Lin, actors Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel, Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, actor Paul Walker, Israeli actress Gal Gadot and actor Dwayne Johnson pose on April 28, 2011 in Marseille during a photocall.
Warner Brothers made news when they announced that the sequel to Superman reboot "Man of Steel" would feature Supes taking on Batman. They got everyone's attention again when they cast Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. Now they're going one further, casting yet another hero for that film: Gal Gadot of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, as Wonder Woman.
Gadot, 28, hails from Israel, brings an international flair that may work for the Amazon princess, aka Diana Prince.
“Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role," director Zack Snyder said in a press release. He also noted that this will mark Wonder Woman's first appearance in a feature film, though she became a beloved character in the '70s "Wonder Woman" TV show and as a member of the "SuperFriends" animated team.
It's been a rollercoaster week for Gadot — her "Fast & Furious" co-star Paul Walker dies this past weekend, then she gets the biggest role of her career. She tweeted about Walker's passing along with photos of the two together:
Gadot became Miss Israel in 2004, but don't think she's all manicures and tiaras (well, except for Wonder Woman's) — she also served in the Israel Defense Forces, mandatory for all Israeli citizens, though women only have to serve two years versus three for men.
DC has been trying to launch the character, including shooting an entire pilot for NBC and developing a series called "Amazon" for the CW, but it looks like she's going to be appearing on the big screen before she lands on the small one again.
According to the studio, the new film starts shooting in early 2014 and hits theaters July 17, 2015.