Gal Gadot’s ‘Death on the Nile’ Banned in Lebanon and Kuwait Due to ‘Wonder Woman’ Star’s Israeli Origins


Lebanon and Kuwait won’t perform ‘Death on the Nile’, Deadline has confirmed, and this is unfortunately due to both countries’ protest against Israeli star Gal Gadot.

Gadot served in the Israeli army for two years before becoming a model and actress, as required by her native country.

Given her connection to the IDF, Lebanon previously blocked the release of the actress’ film “Wonder Woman” in May 2017. At the time, the country was reportedly pressured to do so by the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon. “Wonder Woman” was also banned in Qatar. “Wonder Woman 1984” was also banned in Lebanon, however, as theaters in Kuwait were closed at that time during the pandemic.

Gal Gadot’s latest film, ‘Death of the Nile’, hits theaters across the rest of the Middle East starting this weekend.
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“Death of the Nile” hits the rest of the Middle East starting this weekend. No requests were made by Lebanon or Kuwait for changes to the print.

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The Daily Mail, which first announced the ban on ‘Death on the Nile’ in Kuwait, quoted local newspaper Al-Qabas as saying the country had bowed to the ban on the Agatha Christie adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh due to social media protests. The newspaper also quoted an official source in the country as saying they would not book a film featuring a former soldier in the Zionist occupation army.

Gal Gadot is best known for playing Wonder Woman.

Gal Gadot is best known for playing Wonder Woman.
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In May 2021, Gadot disabled comments on Twitter about a tweet about the rocket attack conflict between Israel and Hamas. What was intended as a message of unity by the actress was seen by critics as propaganda for Israel. Gadot left the message, which you can read below.

Meanwhile, “Death on the Nile” is one of the few American films to receive a China release (February 19) after several notable Hollywood films went undated last year. All notable offshore territories go day-to-day for the film this weekend, except for Spain (February 18) and Japan (February 25), as well as Hong Kong, Croatia and the Hungary.

“Death on the Nile” is expected to be No. 1 at the weekend domestic box office with a mid-teens take.


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