Israeli actress Gal Gadot is set to play Hedy Lamarr in an upcoming limited series on Showtime. The cable network made the official announcement last Friday.
The show is about the life of Lamarr, an Austrian-born Jewish actress who starred in Hollywood movies such as Algiers (1938), I Take This Woman (1940), and Samson and Delilah (1949).
Lamarr also developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedos using a frequency-hopping signal, which led to her induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
Of course, she is not to be confused with Hedley Lamarr, the corrupt district attorney and main antagonist of Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles (1974). Portrayed by Harvey Korman, the character often got upset when people mistakenly called him Hedy, instead of Hedley. (Per Mel Brooks’s response: “This is 1874; you’ll be able to sue her.”)
We look forward to watching Gadot’s performance in the upcoming show. But we’re not opposed to her playing Hedley Lamarr if there were ever to be a Blazing Saddles remake.