Gal Gadot will be joining the voice cast of Disney’s”Ralph Breaks The Internet,” it was announced Friday.
The actress, who shot to fame for her role in “Wonder Woman,” will be voicing new character Shank, “a tough and talented driver in an intense and gritty online racing game called Slaughter Race,” according to the statement from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
“Ralph and Vanellope encounter Shank and her unusual cohorts when they venture to the internet in search of a replacement part for Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush. Shank, a tough-as-nails street racer, takes her role and her tricked-out car very seriously and doesn’t like to lose. When Vanellope finds herself in a street race with Shank, her Sugar Rush driving skills are put to the test–and Shank is impressed.”
The sequel to the 2012 hit “Wreck-It Ralph” will hit theaters on Nov. 21. The film also stars John C. Reilly as Ralph, and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope.
Gadot launched her film career as Gisele Yashar in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise but her breakout came when she joined the DC Extended Universe as Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” followed by the solo film “Wonder Woman” (2017) and the ensemble “Justice League” (2017). She’s currently filming “Wonder Woman 1984” and set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in his upcoming action flick “Red Notice.”
“Shank is amazing at driving cars and has this bad-girl vibe to her. But as the movie goes on you realize how fun, wise and warm she really is on the inside, which is what I like most about her,” Gadot said in the statement.
Gadot also shared the news on Twitter, writing, “I’m so excited to finally announce that I am playing a character named Shank in Disney’s #RalphBreaksTheInternet hitting theaters this November! Such an amazing experience to be apart of this project with such great creators and cast! Welcome to Slaughter Race!”
I’m so excited to finally announce that I am playing a character named Shank in Disney’s #RalphBreaksTheInternet hitting theaters this November! Such an amazing experience to be apart of this project with such great creators and cast! Welcome to Slaughter Race! 🏎🏁😉 pic.twitter.com/MxLuWFPJ0L
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) August 10, 2018
Writer and director Phil Johnston praised Gadot’s abilities as a voice actor. “There’s so much texture to her voice and so much living in her voice,” he said. “If Ralph is Vanellope’s big-brother figure, we wanted a big-sister figure. We wanted someone that Vanellope would look up to, and Gal is definitely someone kids — and a lot of adults I know — aspire to emulate. I can’t imagine anyone else embodying that part.”