Gal Gadot Is Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' For The First Time & Twitter Rejoiced
If you're still reeling from Wonder Woman's box office-breaking summer, good news: Gal Gadot will host Saturday Night Live on Oct. 7 with musical guest Sam Smith. Also on the fall calendar are Ryan Gosling and JAY-Z, who take the stage Sept. 30, as well as Kumail Nanjiani and P!nk, who will appear Oct. 14.
The gig marks Gadot's SNL debut after her star-making turn in Wonder Woman as the titular Amazonian warrior, which she first played in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. To say the movie — and by relation, Gadot — have had a banner year would be an understatement. It opened to a historic $223 million in global ticket sales, and by the end of August, had surpassed a staggering $800 million worldwide. Along the way, it also clinched title as highest-grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman and the highest-grossing film in the DC Extended Universe, surpassing Batman, Superman, and Suicide Squad.
Unlike some of its peers, Wonder Woman did well critically, too, racking up praise as humorous, heartfelt, and thrilling. That's an impressive feat for any project, but especially given that it's centered around a female superhero and directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins) — two things that, until recently, were assumed to underperform at the box office. Wonder Woman didn't just challenge that misconception, it flat-out upended it.
So, needless to say, fans were overjoyed to hear Gadot will be on SNL.
1. Some Were Overwhelmed
Hello, 911? We have an emergency.
2. Others Were Desperate For Tickets
Better get 'em fast, they'll probably be big sellers.
3. This Person Launched An Early Awards Campaign
It's never too early, right? (And don't worry, the Oscars are already covered).
4. This Guy Started Planning His Funeral
Not a bad way to go.
5. While This Fan Was Living For It
Same sentiment, different expression,
6. Some Broke Out GIFs
GIF game strong.
7. And Then More GIFs
Words aren't always enough.
8. Others Were Screaming
Or at least, the online version of it.
9. This Person Turned To Puns
Let's get it trending.
10. This One Started Pitching Ideas
Are you listening, SNL?
11. And This Person Was Concerned For 'SNL's Future
It's a tough act to follow, but Nanjiani seems up to the task.
Most fans are primarily familiar with Gadot's dramatic work: Outside of Wonder Woman, she's best known for her turn in the Fast & Furious franchise, in which she played Gisele Yashar in four of the eight released movies; The character character was killed off in the sixth installment, Fast & Furious 6.
So, it will be interesting to see her more comedic performances. She's still a fresh face in Hollywood, and her SNL stint will allow viewers a chance to get to know her in a different setting — especially since there's a lot more of her to come. After much anticipation, the Wonder Woman sequel was confirmed in July (with Jenkins officially returning to direct), and the Justice League sneak peek features Wonder Woman prominently. Plus, it won't be long until the film arrives in full — it's due out Nov. 17 — and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Gadot is now in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper, a supernatural thriller from Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, who helmed 2014 Cannes favorite White God. (It's not yet known which character Gadot could potentially play).
In the meantime, Gadot's turn on SNL should help tide fans over, and who knows? Maybe she'll drop some key details about Wonder Woman's future.