She was first fast and furious. Now Israeli actressGal Gadotis looking positively wondrous.
Warner Bros. Picturesconfirmed Wednesday that Gadot, 28, has been cast to play Diana Prince, and her superhero alter egoWonder Woman, in director Zack Snyder's upcomingMan of Steelfollow-up. The as-yet-untitled movie, scheduled for release July 17, 2015, featuresHenry Cavillin his second stint as Superman (andClark Kent) andBen Affleck, who's making his movie debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Gadot, a model and 2004 Miss Universe contestant fromIsrael, starred in three movies in theFast & Furiousfranchise - including this year'sFast & Furious 6- and also had supporting roles inDate NightandKnight & Day.
This marks Wonder Woman's biggest on-screen splash to date -Lynda Carterplayed theDC Comicssuperheroine on TV in the 1970s, andAdrianne Palickistarred as Diana in aWonder Womanpilot that never made it to series.
"Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe," Snyder said. "Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.
"We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature-film incarnation of this beloved character."
The Batman/Superman movie begins principal photography in the first quarter of 2014 and returnsAmy Adamsas Lois Lane,Laurence FishburneasPerry WhiteandDiane LaneasMartha Kent.