Gal Gadot to Receive the Rising Star Award at 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

(PALM SPRINGS-110917) Gal Gadot will receive the Rising Star Award for her Wonder Woman film performance, during the Awards Gala at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Tuesday, January 02, 2018.

“Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman showed us a strong, capable, poised, curious and compassionate character, and her performance has been universally praised, resonating with audiences everywhere. Gal plays the immortal warrior so well, and the film’s themes are especially apt for today, empowering all types of people—women and men, young and old—the world over," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present Gal Gadot with this year’s Rising Star Award - Actress.”

Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, and Anna Kendrick.

Wonder Woman is a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and filmed by Warner Bros. Pictures based on the DC character. Wonder Woman begins as Diana an Amazonian princess with warrior skills. Diana helps an American pilot who crashed into sea and finds out a war is being organized by Ares, God of War. Diana journeys to seek Ares eventually fighting him in a duel between god and demigod. Wonder Woman earned $410 million domestically and $820 million worldwide becoming the largest opening for a female-led comic based film.

Gal Gadot was born in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel. She was crowned Miss Israel in 2004 before serving two years in the Israel Defense Forces. She studied in college before pursuing modeling and acting. She gained television credits in Israel and within the U.S. before making her film debut in Fast & Furious, Fast Five, as well as, Fast & Furious 6 performing her own stunts. Gal acted in films Date Night, Night and Day (2010), Kicking Out Shoshana (2014), Triple 9, Criminal, Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016), as well as, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in Justice League on Friday, November 17, 2017.

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