'Red Notice': A look at Gal Gadot's rapid rise as Hollywood sought-after action star

Over the years, Gadot has firmly cemented herself as one of the bonafide female action stars alongside Emily Blunt and Alicia Vikander


                            'Red Notice': A look at Gal Gadot's rapid rise as Hollywood sought-after action star
Gal Gadot in 'Red Notice' (Netflix)

Gal Gadot's first action role came in 'Fast & Furious' as Gisele Yashar. Nobody then saw she would go on to play Wonder Woman, succeeding Lynda Carter, the first actor to play the iconic DC superhero. And with 'Red Notice', she's just taken her stocks pretty higher. Starring alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds, Gadot has firmly cemented herself as one of the most sought-after female action stars alongside the likes of Emily Blunt and Alicia Vikander.

Gadot's Diana Prince showed up in the DC Universe with her own-standalone film a year after the forgettable 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. The character was an integral part of the final, decisive showdown against the movie's villain Doomsday and fans had every reason to call her the lone bright star in the damp squib of a film. Lean, mean, sexy, and tough, Gadot's limited history as part of the Israeli army (courtesy of the Jericho 941 she pulls out) and her own stunts made her a mysterious, yet much-adored character despite her final appearance in 'Fast & Furious 6'. 

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Gal Gadot as Sarah Black in 'Red Notice' (Netflix)

 

In the 17 films, she's starred in so far, 12 of them were action flicks, and that proves a point we're trying to make. Gadot's own career trajectory shows how she went from turning down a Bond girl gig and suiting up as Gisele instead. It was reported that the Israeli actor felt that she wasn’t ready to work with a full-fledged script at that point in her career, and even considered herself “too serious” to be an actor at that point. But it's all changed now and it shouldn't come as a surprise if she stars as the next Bond girl whenever the folks at London decide to introduce a new James Bond to the world.

With 'Red Notice', there's just one more movie that she adds to her roster where she stars with two big names who have been icons in their own right. She plays Sarah Black, one of the notorious and slick criminals on Interpol's most-wanted list. She and Ryan Reynolds, another smooth-talking, wise-cracking thief are hunted down by Dwayne Johnson's John Hartley and what ensues is some high-octane action coupled with generous doses of comedy courtesy of Reynolds.

The official synopsis, per Netflix, reads: "When an Interpol-issued Red Notice — the highest level warrant to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted— goes out, the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) is on the case. His global pursuit finds him smack dab in the middle of a daring heist where he’s forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) in order to catch the world’s most wanted art thief, “The Bishop” (Gal Gadot)".

"The high-flying adventure that ensues takes the trio around the world, across the dance floor, trapped in a secluded prison, into the jungle and, worst of all for them, constantly into each other’s company. The all star cast is joined by Ritu Arya and Chris Diamantopolous. Directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper) and produced by Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, Beau Flynn’s Flynn Picture Co. and Thurber’s Bad Version, Inc., Red Notice is a stylish globe-trotting game of cat-and-mouse (and cat)."

'Red Notice' releases November 12 on Netflix.

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