The news out of Hollywood is that Gal Gadot, an Israeli model/actress, will be playing Wonder Woman in a “Man of Steel” sequel due out next year:
[Director Zack] Snyder praised Gadot as an “amazing” actress who possesses “that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.”
The Jerusalem Post is excited about the news. Abe Novick writes:
miracle of miracles, this new Wonder Woman is no shiksa goddess. Gadot was a 2004 Miss Universe contestant from Israel and was in three of the “Fast & Furious” franchise films, which just recently lost one of its costars Paul Walker. She also served in the Israeli army for two years as a fitness instructor and according to “Fast & Furious” director and producer Justin Lin, when he learned of this he went and altered the character’s back-story to a Mossad agent.
Zack Snyder is like the opposite of BDS, a full-employment program for Israeli actresses. He swapped out a British actress for an Israeli one 2 years ago.
Deadline broke the news of Zurer’s casting, but was unable to cite a reason for director Zack Snyder’s last-minute substitution.
I don’t know Snyder’s reason either. But I have to wonder. He directed “300,” a medieval historical flick that was seen by folks across the Middle East as promoting war with Iran–though Snyder denied that had entered his mind. John Burke at Nieman Watchdog:
300 seen as a tool to work up anti-Iran sentiment
The movie draws much attention and scorn, its East v. West theme is seen as Hollywood joining the Bush administration in the march to Tehran.
…The big screen blockbuster, 300, has raised concern around the world, not only for its subject matter, the battle between Spartans and Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BC in which the Persians play the “villain”, but for the timing of its release….
Critics everywhere have pointed out the parallels between its plot and the actual diplomatic crisis, have called the depiction of the Persians as blatant propaganda, and have linked neo-conservative ideals to that of the film’s Spartan army.