Gal Gadot to play Hedy Lamarr in Apple TV+ series
James R | On 29, May 2020
Apple has given a straight-to-series order to Hedy Lamarr, a new eight-episode series starring and executive produced by Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman).
Hailed as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, Hedy Lamarr was first exalted and iconized, then destroyed and eventually forgotten by American audiences, all the while keeping her brilliant mind active through a series of inventions, one of which became the basis for the spread spectrum technology we use today. The series will follow the incredible life story of the Hollywood glamour girl, spanning 30 years from Hedy’s daring escape from prewar Vienna, to her meteoric rise in the Golden Age of Hollywood, to her fall and eventual disgrace at the dawn of the Cold War. An epic tale of an immigrant woman both ahead of her time and very much a victim to it.
The notion for the historical drama originated from Gadot and producing partner Jaron Varsano (My Dearest Fidel), who then partnered with Emmy and BAFTA Award winner Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Treem (The Affair), the latter of whom created the series. Previously in the works at Showtime, a series order was never given, and so Apple has stepped in to bring it to the screen.
In addition to Gadot and Treem, Hedy Lamarr will be executive produced by Littlefield and Katie Robbins (The Affair). Gadot and Varsano will produce through their production company, Pilot Wave. Adam Haggiag (Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story) and Alexandra Dean (Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story) will serve as co-producers, with Hedy Lamarr’s children Anthony Loder and Denise Deluca consulting on the series.
Endeavor Content serves as the studio on Hedy Lamarr, which will join a growing line-up on Apple TV+ of originals from big names, including Defending Jacob, starring Chris Evans, the upcoming Lisey’s Story, written and executive produced by Stephen King and starring Julianne Moore, comedy The Shrink Next Door, starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and new musical comedy Central Park from Loren Bouchard, Josh Gad and Nora Smith.