A year after Deadline first broke the news of the project and Gal Gadot’s involvement, Showtime today announced that deals are done for the Wonder Woman star to headline and executive produce a limited series about film actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, from The Affair co-creator/executive producer Sarah Treem, The Handmaid’s Tale producer Warren Littlefield and Endeavor Content.
“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 Showtime’s President of Entertainment Jana 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.”
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Treem is writing the limited series, which will chronicle the life and career of Lamarr, to be played by Gadot.
Austrian-born Lamarr started her career in Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s before leaving her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and moving to Paris. In London, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she starred in Algiers (1938), Boom Town (1940), I Take This Woman (1940), Comrade X (1940), Come Live With Me(1941), H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) and Samson and Delilah (1949).
Lamarr (born Hedwig Kiesler) also was an inventor. At the beginning of World War II, she and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency. Aspects of their work were incorporated into Bluetooth technology and WiFi. In recognition of their contributions, the duo were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
Israel-born Gadot had been looking to do a project about Lamarr, who has been referred to as a real-life Jewish “Wonder Woman” whose inventions led to WiFi and GPS.
Treem came up with an idea on how to tell Lamarr’s remarkable story that Gadot sparked to. The project was taken to Showtime through Treem’s relationship there. She is the showrunner of The Affair, which is heading into its fifth and final season. Treem co-created the praised drama series with Hagai Levi.
Gadot will executive produce the limited series with her husband and producing partner Jaron Varsano (My Dearest Fidel), along with Treem, Littlefield and Katie Robbins (The Last Tycoon). The Littlefield Company produces in association with Showtime and Endeavor Content