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Gal Gadot Is Reportedly In Talks to Play Classic Hollywood Actress Hedy Lamarr

In addition to her acting career, Lamarr invented a precursor to Wi-Fi.

Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot is reportedly in talks to play a hero of another sort: Austrian-born actress of the silver screen, Hedy Lamarr.

An MGM star in the late '30s, '40s, and '50s, Lamarr appeared in movies like Samson and Delilah, the highest-grossing film of 1949, and Boom Town with Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, and was considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Snow White's iconic princess aesthetic was even modeled on her dark hair and porcelain skin. But Lamarr's accomplishments off-screen were perhaps even more significant than her on-screen successes.

In addition to her acting career, Lamarr was an inventor, and discovered a frequency-based technology that would later be used in Wi-Fi, GPS, and bluetooth.

According to Variety, which first wrote up the news on Monday evening, "Gadot is near a deal to star in and executive produce a Showtime series based on the life and career of Hedy Lamarr."

The publication also reports that the show would be a mini-series. Other details like who else might be cast or when the series might air have yet to be announced publicly. We'll be sure to update as soon as Gadot's casting has been confirmed, and if/when the series has been officially picked up by Showtime.

The untitled series wouldn't be the only project to revisit Lamarr and her story. Last year, the documentary Bombshell, The Hedy Lamarr Story explored the actress's life.

Watch the trailer for that film below:

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