Gal Gadot is taking a stand against producer Brett Ratner. She’s reportedly refusing to appear in Wonder Woman 2 if Ratner remains involved with the project.
The 32-year-old actress gave Warner Brothers an ultimatum in order to avoid working with the movie mogul again after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
Ratner – who has denied the allegations against him through his lawyer – helped produce the first Wonder Woman movie as part of a co-financing deal with Warner Bros. through his own company RatPac-Dune Entertainment, and Gal is believed to want the arrangement terminated before the sequel.
A studio source told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column: “Brett made a lot of money from the success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie. Now Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him. [Gal is] tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women.”
We couldn’t support Gadot more for taking a stand on this issue, and the above studio source who was quoted in New York Post couldn’t be more accurate – Warner Brothers simply can’t have a movie about female empowerment – and have it financed by a man who has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct.
The Justice League actress previously praised women for speaking out about sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
She wrote on Instagram earlier this month: “Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change.”
When asked about the story, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said only “false”. We’ll keep fans posted as more details surface.