Warner Bros. has announced the actress who will play Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in director Zack Snyder's still-untitled 2015 Superman-Batman Man of Steel sequel that will see Henry Cavill return as Superman, joined by Ben Affleck as Batman, along with the returning Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.
The role will be played by 28 year-old Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot.
“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe," Snyder said on the casting. "Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”
Gadot is best known for her role in the second "Fast Trilogy," starring as Gisele Yashar in Fast and Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6. She played a pivotal role in the action franchise as a member of the team of fast-driving vigilantes alongside Vin Diesel and the recently (and suddenly) deceased Paul Walker.
Outside of the franchise, she has played mostly bit roles, so a turn as Wonder Woman, the most iconic female superhero and one of the most well-known superheroes in the world, will be a major step into the spotlight for the actress. In addition to acting, Gadot served two years in the Israel Defense Forces, as well as being a professional sports trainer, so her combat skills won't come just from trainers and coaches, but from her real-life experience.
The film is currently scheduled for a July 17, 2015 release.