VARIETY – Both “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot and “The Big Sick’s” Kumail Nanjiani will host their own episodes of “Saturday Night Live” for the show’s upcoming 43rd season, NBC announced Thursday.
Gadot will host the Oct. 7 episode with musical guest Sam Smith, while Nanjiani will host the Oct. 14 episode with musical guest P!nk. This will mark the first time either star has hosted the long-running NBC sketch series. “Wonder Woman” earned more than $400 million at the domestic box office, with Gadot reprising the role in the highly anticipated “Justice League,” arriving in theaters Nov. 17. Nanjiani stars as Dinesh Chugtai in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and most recently wrote and starred in the critically-acclaimed indie comedy “The Big Sick.”
Smith will be making his second visit to “SNL” as musical guest. He recently dropped a new single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” on Sept. 8 in preparation for his upcoming second studio album release. P!nk’s seventh studio album, “Beautiful Trauma,” is due out Oct. 13. She was also recently honored at the MTV VMAs with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in August. She will be making her third appearance on “SNL.”
As previously announced, Ryan Gosling will host the season opener on Sept. 30 with musical guest Jay Z.
On Tuesday, NBC also announced that “SNL” will continue its live simultaneous airings in all time zones as it enters Season 43. Each episode will air live at: 11:30 p.m. Eastern, 10:30 p.m. Central, 9:30 p.m. Mountain, and 8:30 p.m. Pacific. For the Mountain and Pacific time zones, “SNL” will be repeated at 11:30 p.m. “SNL” experimented with simultaneous airings last season, when the final four episodes were broadcast in the same fashion. The move came as the show was experiencing a major ratings renaissance thanks to regular appearances by Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy as now ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
The show picked up nine Emmys this year out of their 22 nominations, including wins for Baldwin, McCarthy, cast member Kate McKinnon, and Dave Chappelle, who hosted the post-election episode in November. The series also picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Gal Gadot is in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper, the MGM pic that Max Landis scripted and White God helmer Kornel Mundruczo will direct.
In the drama, a disgraced astronaut embarks on a mission to reach the bottom of a newly discovered oceanic trench, theorized to be the lowest point on Earth. He encounters an increasing level of danger and soon finds himself in a psychological (and physical) fight against mysterious forces. Landis is producing with David Goyer, in a co-production between Phantom Four and Addictive Pictures. Also producing are Kevin Turen for Phantom 4 and Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive.
Gadot is riding high after starring in Wonder Woman. She will reprise in the Patty Jenkins-directed sequel and DC spinoffs including the Justice League films and the spinoff for The Flash. She’s repped by WME and Sloane Offer.
Great Hera! Wonder Woman 2 is officially a go.
In some long-overdue news hailing from Comic-Con International on Saturday, Warner Bros. revealed a sequel to Wonder Woman is officially on its release schedule. Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana Prince in the sequel to the most profitable movie yet from the DC Extended Universe.
Gadot was inside Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center for the big reveal to promote Justice League, which will see Wonder Woman team up with fellow superheroes Batman (Ben Affleck), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
A Wonder Woman sequel was inevitable. The film quickly surpassed its world-building predecessors Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad at the box office. With approximately $767.7 million worldwide since hitting theaters on June 2, Wonder Woman broke records for director Patty Jenkins, marking the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman.
Jenkins has also been teasing her ideas for a follow-up story ahead of the formal announcement.
“The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right,” she previously told EW. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.” The filmmaker added, “I realized that Wonder Woman 2 is its own great movie. I made Wonder Woman. Now I want to make Wonder Woman 2. It’s a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love.”
In addition to Wonder Woman 2, Warner Bros. revealed plans for Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Batgirl (from Joss Whedon), Green Lantern Corps, and The Flash: Flashpoint. The studio also teased Aquaman with Momoa which James Wan will direct.
On June 2, Gal Gadot, a former Miss Israel, will become the first woman to headline a superhero film in more than a decade when she appears as Wonder Woman. Like her comic book alter ego, Gadot is stunning and skyscraper tall, with a gracious, lovely demeanor. Even without her lasso and shield, she looks as though she could save the world.
On the day we met, she was channeling her powers into decorating a cake. (Who would’ve guessed that the actress had such a way with fondant?) “I want to start with a blue cake,” Gadot said definitively, as we entered Duff’s CakeMix, in Los Angeles. She was wearing simple black pants, a navy sweater, and classic black Gucci loafers.
Although she was six-months pregnant with her second child, the baby bump was nearly undetectable. Gadot, who has a doelike quality, wasn’t wearing makeup and her dark hair was pulled back in a ponytail. “You couldn’t have invented a more perfect Wonder Woman than Gal,” Patty Jenkins, the film’s director, told me later.
“It sounds strange, but Gal is so clean—so pure—but it’s not for lack of wisdom or information. Like Wonder Woman, she is beautiful, kind, and strong. It’s a choice to stay so spiritually clean. Gal instinctively understands that choice.”
Congratulations to Gal and Yaron! Gal announced on Instagram that she welcomed her second daughter, named Maya.