Tuesday 21 November 2017

Gal Gadot reportedly refusing to sign for Wonder Woman sequel if Brett Ratner remains as executive producer

Israeli actress Gal Gadot poses at a photocall for the film 'Justice League' in central London on November 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Israeli actress Gal Gadot poses at a photocall for the film 'Justice League' in central London on November 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has reportedly refused to return for the superhero sequel unless executive producer Brett Ratner is taken off the project.

Ratner has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women including the actress Ellen Page who said she was 'outed' by Ratner on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand when she was just 18.

Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot

Fellow star Anna Paquin has backed up her claims.  Ratner denies the allegations against him.

Page Six reports that Gadot, who starred in the hugely successful DC film Wonder Woman last year, has threated to walk unless executive producer Ratner departs.

Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner

"A Hollywood source tells Page Six that Gadot — who last month backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner, where she was due to present him with an award — is taking a strong stance on sexual harassment in Hollywood and doesn’t want her hit 'Wonder Woman' franchise to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct," reports Page Six.

Ratner's deal with the studio does not expire until 2018 so the studio is faced with a tough decision.

A Warner Bros insider reportedly told Page Six, “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.”

The allegations against Ratner come after several weeks of similar allegations leveled at producer Harvey Weinstein among others.

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