5 things you need to know about Wonder Woman Gal Gadot

Big reveals are the name of the game at San Diego Comic Con and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zak Snyder used the opportunity to tease fans with an early look at an official poster for his 2016 film.

The poster shows Wonder Woman, portrayed by Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot, carrying a sword instead of her iconic golden lasso. Even the costume is a deviation from the original – Gal is dressed in a leather bustier and skirt, looking more akin to Xena Warrior Princess than the character made famous by Lynda Carter in the 1970s.

But just who is Gal? And where might you know her from? Here are five interesting facts about this rising star who is set to win hearts as the iconic champion of justice:

    TRAINED SOLDIER:
    The 29-year-old model-actress was a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. She signed up as a Sports Trainer at age 20 and was able to continue with modelling work.

    HOTELIER:
    Gal and her husband, Yaron Varsano, own a hotel in the Neve Tzedek district of Tel Aviv.

    CASTING COUCH:
    Gal originally auditioned for the role of Camille Montes, the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, but didn’t get the part. Instead, the casting directors hired her for Fast & Furious.

    FUNNY LADY:
    In Date Night, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrel, Gal plays Natanya, Mark Wahlberg’s girlfriend who attempts to have a foursome with the married couple.

    FAMILY:
    Gal married her husband, Yaron Versano, in 2008, and the couple welcomed their first baby, Alma, in late 2011.

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