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Gal Gadot lauds ‘real deal’ kid playing her young self in new film

Israeli actress says ‘amazing’ Lilly Aspell did all her own stunts for franchise sequel releasing next week

Lily Aspell in a scene from 'Wonder Woman 1984'. (Screen capture: YouTube)
Lily Aspell in a scene from 'Wonder Woman 1984'. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Four years after her own performance as Wonder Woman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” catapulted her to global stardom, Israeli movie star Gal Gadot is marveling at the girl who plays her younger self in the franchise’s new movie out next week.

“She’s the real deal,” Gadot said of Lilly Aspell during an interview with the BBC’s Graham Norton last week.

“She’s a 12-year-old who works hard and she’s super talented,” Gadot said, recalling that “the stunt coordinator came to us and said, ‘She can stunt herself. We can’t find anybody better to stunt her.'”

In the much-anticipated “Wonder Woman 1984,” Gadot reprises her role as Diana Prince, Princess Diana of Themyscira, in the sequel to the 2017 DC film. Aspell plays a young Diana as the movie charts the early life of the Amazonian goddess.

According to Gadot, “Anything you see in the moving, she is doing her self. She is amazing.”

Responding to Gadot’s comments, Aspell wrote on Twitter that she admires the Israeli actress “more than you know.”

“Wonder Woman 1984” was originally set to hit theaters on June 5 before its release was delayed to August 12, then October 2 and now December 25, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will release in select theaters as well as on streaming service HBO Max.

The film takes place in the early 1980s during the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union and also star Chris Pine, Gadot’s co-star in “Wonder Woman,” and American actress Kristen Wiig as Wonder Woman arch-foe The Cheetah.

Like the first movie, the sequel was directed by Patty Jenkins.

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