The star of “Wonder Woman” is refusing to sign for the movie’s sequel unless accused Hollywood sexual harasser Brett Ratner is removed from the franchise.
Gal Gadot was the star of “Wonder Woman,” a blockbuster that brought in more than $400 million internationally. Ratner partly financed the movie and benefited from the proceeds.
Gadot is taking a stance on her principles and demanding that Ratner is slashed from the franchise so he doesn’t benefit from her work, according to a Hollywood source who spoke to 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,” a Warner Bro. insider told Page Six.
Last month, Gadot declined to attend a dinner honoring Ratner where she was scheduled to hand him an award.
Ratner was accused of sexual harassment by multiple Hollywood actresses, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Warner Bros. cut ties with him after the allegations surfaced. Ratner denied all the accusations through his lawyer.
Ratner owns RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which co-financed the “Wonder Woman” movie with Warner Bros., meaning that he received a share of the $400 million in box office revenues.
“She’s tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet,” the source told Page Six. “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.”
According to IMDB, RatPac Entertainment has raked in $9.3 billion in worldwide box office receipts since inception. Films co-financed by RatPac “have been nominated for 51 Academy Awards, 20 Golden Globes and 39 BAFTAs and have won 21 Academy Awards, 7 Golden Globes and 17 BAFTAs,” Ratner’s profile states.
Gadot was born in Israel to an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Her big-screen debut was in the fourth installment of the “Fast & Furious” series.
“Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand,” Gal Gadot wrote on Instagram earlier this month. “We are all united in this time of change.”