After playing a member of an international team of thieves and car enthusiasts in “The Fast & Furious” franchise, and proving herself a capable superhero in “Wonder Woman,” Gal Gadot is setting her sights on a new high-profile role: the female James Bond, kind of. Gadot has reportedly signed on to star in the original Bond-esque spy thriller “Heart of Stone.”
Deadline has the scoop, reporting that Gadot has signed on to star in the original thriller “Heart of Stone,” coming in from Skydance Media that “endeavors to put a female spin on action franchises like ‘Mission: Impossible‘ and 007.” The project will be directed by Tom Harper (“Wild Rose“) from a script written by “The Old Guard” screenwriter Greg Rucka and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Allison Schroeder (“Hidden Figures“). The report also states that Gadot landed an impressive eight-figure deal for her involvement in the film.
The creative team assembled by Skydance is interesting, as Rucka’s involvement may indicate that they are hoping to capture the same success as they did with “The Old Guard” for Netflix.
Rucka’s comic books are known for being more like pitches for movies or TV series, so having him work on an actual movie seems like a logical plan. Schroeder’s role is more interesting since she hasn’t really done anything resembling “Heart of Stone,” having mostly worked in dramas like “Christopher Robin.” As for Harper, he is mostly known for his work on miniseries like “Misfits,” and “Peaky Blinders,” so it should be interesting to see how these vastly different perspectives come together. With any luck, “Heart of Stone” could actually be more than its simple description of a “female James Bond.”
As Deadline reports, Skydance Media is “keeping options open on whether this will be a theatrical or streaming bow.”