Gal Gadot will star in and executive produce an untitled limited series for Showtime about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr. The series will be written by Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Sarah Treem, who will executive produce with multiple Emmy winner Warren Littlefield, Katie Robbins, and Jaron Varsano.
“The life of Hedy Lamarr was a truly fascinating one. She stood at the forefront of many issues that challenge women and our society today,” said Winograde. “In Gal Gadot, we have found the transcendent actress to portray the deeply complex Lamarr. And with the award-winning talents of Sarah Treem and Warren Littlefield, this is going to be a special series.”
The project will be produced by The Littlefield Company in association with Showtime and Endeavor Content. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour.
Hedy Lamarr came to Hollywood from Europe in 1938. Dubbed “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World,” she appeared in multiple films alongside actors like Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, and Clark Gable.
Showtime described the limited series adding, “But Lamarr’s intelligence and ambitions far exceeded the roles she was being offered. So she formed her own production company at a time such a thing was unheard of, for a woman. And in her spare time, she worked as an avid inventor, eventually patenting a frequency-hopping technology in 1941 that our modern-day Wi-Fi is predicated upon. She was a woman ahead of her time but she suffered greatly for that exceptionalism and died a recluse, nearly forgotten.”
According to Showtime, the series will explore “the rise and fall of feminism in the American landscape during Golden Age of Hollywood and World War II, aiming to find, in Lamarr’s life and legacy, clues for who we are now”.
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