Hedy Lamarr series starring Gal Gadot heading to Apple

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Gal Gadot appears in “Wonder Woman.” [Warner Bros. photo]

A limited series about legendary actor and inventor Hedy Lamarr is heading to Apple.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple has given a straight-to-series order to “Hedy Lamarr,” starring Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”). The eight-episode drama, originally set up at Showtime, will air on Apple TV+.

As previously reported, the series will come from Sarah Treem, co-creator of “The Affair.” It will chronicle the life of Lamarr, the Austrian-born performer who starred in “Ecstasy,” “Samson and Delilah” and other films and was once declared “the most beautiful woman in the world.”

In addition, Lamarr was an inventor who, along with her friend George Antheil, a composer, patented a frequency-hopping system during World War II that was a precursor to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In 2014, Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Lamarr’s life was detailed in the 2017 documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and later aired as part of PBS’ “American Masters” series.

Treem will be writing and executive producing, with Gadot as an executive producer, too.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the project has been in the works for a couple of years, but it never received a formal order from Showtime. That allowed Apple to grab it.

Spanning 30 years of her remarkable life, “Hedy Lamarr” is described as “an epic tale of an immigrant woman both ahead of her time and very much victim to it,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

-BAM

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