Gal Gadot’s upcoming film Heart of Stone is all set to premiere on Netflix this Friday, August 11th.
Before the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike, Gadot had spoken about her challenges working in action roles and the awe-inspiring feats of the Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise.
Gadot, who rose to fame after her portrayal as Wonder Woman, has expressed her admiration for Cruise, equating him to a “unicorn” and a profound source of inspiration.
In a conversation with ComicBook.com, Gadot said, “Tom Cruise is a unicorn in this genre. I don’t think there’s anybody like Tom. And he’s a big inspiration. And I’ll always try to push my limits.”
While Gadot recognises the Herculean efforts demanded by the action genre, she wholeheartedly embraces the challenge.
In an earlier interaction with Empire, Gadot spoke about wanting to make female-led action films, “I realised that there was an audience for a female action protagonist,” before continuing, “I grew up watching Bond, and Mission, and Bourne. I wanted to create a really strong, female-driven action movie that is for everybody, not a male story that’s been done many times already.”
Gadot is building herself as a bonafide action star. Still, we have had significant action cinema with female leads for decades now—from Sigourney Weaver (Alien), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill) and Lucy Liu (Kill Bill, Charlie’s Angels) to Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games). But the more, the merrier.