November 18, 2019

Gal Gadot to Play Holocaust Heroine Irena Sendler

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Gal Gadot onstage during the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV)

Gal Gadot, known to millions as Wonder Woman, will play real-life heroine Irena Sendler in a movie about the Polish nurse and social worker who worked with the resistance to save hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Sendler helped to provide the children with false papers, smuggle them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, and place them with Christian families, for which she was eventually arrested and tortured by the Gestapo.

Gadot will produce “Irena Sendler” with her husband Jason Varsano and Marc Platt.

The Israeli actress next stars in “Wonder Woman 1984,” opening June 5, to be followed by Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile” in October and “Red Notice” with Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds in November. She and Versano are developing “My Dearest Fidel,” about journalist Peter Kornbluth and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.