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Gal Gadot said returning to Fast & Furious franchise after hiatus

Israeli actress will reprise her role as Gisele Yashar, a character she played in several movies before being killed off

Gal Gadot in a scene from 'Fast and Furious.' (Universal Pictures)
Gal Gadot in a scene from 'Fast and Furious.' (Universal Pictures)

Gal Gadot is reportedly returning to the Fast & Furious movie franchise after a decade-long hiatus.

The star of “Wonder Woman” will reprise her role as Gisele Yashar in “Fast X,” which will premiere in May 2023, the Direct entertainment news site reported Thursday.

Yashar was featured in the fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the franchise.

The role helped jumpstart Gadot’s acting career, which has included appearances in more recent movies such as “Red Notice” and “Death on the Nile.”

Her character was killed off in the sixth movie though and it was not clear how the writers planned on scripting her return.

The Israeli actress portrayed Wonder Woman in the 2017 superhero movie and in 2020’s “Wonder Woman 1984.” At the end of that year, Warner Bros. announced that it would fast-track a third “Wonder Woman” film starring Gadot.

But earlier this month, news broke that the studio was axing the third installment amid a shakeup in its approach to its DC Comics universe. The news was reported in both Variety and Deadline, two publications with close industry ties.

According to the reports, James Gunn and Peter Safran, who took control of Warner Bros.’ DC Studios a month ago, were not on board with the vision submitted by director Patty Jenkins, who was behind the camera for the first two films.

Gadot’s future within the DC Comics film franchise remains uncertain. Deadline suggested that Jenkins “could very well hand in another take on the superhero” that would receive studio approval, while Variety reported that “there is still every chance” Gadot could “return to the DC fold in one way or another.”

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