The daily gossip: 'Wonder Woman 3' isn't in the works despite Gal Gadot's claims, Timothy Olyphant almost played Captain Kirk, and more

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A third 'Wonder Woman' is reportedly not on the horizon after all.
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1. "Wonder Woman 3" isn't in the works despite Gal Gadot's claims

More like Gal Gadon't. A third "Wonder Woman" film is reportedly not in development at DC after all, even though Gal Gadot has claimed in multiple recent interviews that the movie is happening. The confusion started when Gadot told that "from what I heard from" James Gunn and Peter Safran, the heads of DC Studios, "we're gonna develop a 'Wonder Woman 3' together" — which seemed odd considering the franchise is being rebooted and replacing its Superman and Batman actors. But Gadot also told Flaunt that she had a meeting with Gunn and Safran, and they told her, "You're in the best hands. We're going to develop 'Wonder Woman 3' with you. We love you as Wonder Woman — you've got nothing to worry about." Yet Variety reports Gunn and Safran currently have no plans for a third film, and "nothing was ever promised to Gadot" regarding the project. We're going to need the Lasso of Truth to get to the bottom of this.


2. Timothy Olyphant was too old to play Captain Kirk

Beam me up, J.J.? Not so fast. Timothy Olyphant told the Happy Sad Confused podcast he was in consideration to play Captain Kirk in the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot from J.J. Abrams, but he lost the role to Chris Pine. As Olyphant told it, he auditioned for the role of McCoy, which ultimately went to Karl Urban, but the director told him, "I've already got a guy for Doc, so I don't need you for that, but I don't have a Kirk." According to Olyphant, though, "they wanted somebody younger," and although Abrams was "having a hard time" finding someone the right age, he eventually found Pine. "Somewhere along the line, J.J. called and said, 'I found a guy younger who's really good," Olyphant recalled. He was 40 when "Star Trek" came out, while Pine was 28. Apparently, Abrams just wasn't feeling the vibe of "to oldly go where no man has gone before."

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3. Tyrese Gibson sues Home Depot over alleged racial profiling

Tyrese Gibson is suing Home Depot for $1 million in damages over an alleged incident of racial profiling at a store in California. According to Entertainment Weekly, the lawsuit alleges the "Fast & Furious" star was checking out when there was a "purported glitch in the system," and as fans started to gather, he decided to wait in his car while his associates completed the transaction with his credit card. Gibson told this plan to the cashier, who allegedly then refused to complete the transaction, demanding to see identification, and a manager allegedly refused to speak with Gibson in person. "The actions of the cashier and manager were discriminatory based on race and origin," the complaint claims, also alleging the transaction was refused "because of plaintiffs' skin color" and due to his associates' national origin. In a statement to EW, Home Depot said that "diversity and respect for all people are core to who we are, and we do not tolerate discrimination in any form."

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4. Jodie Sweetin not thrilled her movie was sold to Candace Cameron Bure network

A Tanner family feud is brewing at Great American Family. Jodie Sweetin told People she's disappointed that her upcoming film "Craft Me a Romance" was sold to Great American Family, the network where her former "Full House" co-star Candace Cameron Bure serves as chief creative officer. In 2022, Bure faced backlash after promising that the network would "keep traditional marriage at the core" and have no holiday films centered on same-sex couples as the leads. "I was very surprised to learn by reading about it in the press yesterday that the independent film I worked on over a year ago was sold to Great American Family," Sweetin said. "I am disappointed, but in keeping with my mission of supporting the LGBTQ+ family, any potential or future money made from this sale will be donated to LGBTQ+ organizations." If we've learned anything from "Full House," though, it's that this can all be resolved in the next 22 minutes with a speech and a hug.


5. Everyone's reportedly passing on airing the Golden Globes

Take the Golden Globes … please. Five months before the 2024 Golden Globe Awards are scheduled to air, the broadcast apparently still doesn't have a home, and it sounds like there has been difficulty finding one. According to Puck, "CBS, Fox, Netflix, Amazon, ABC/Disney+/Hulu, Apple TV+, the Turner networks and even the Roku Channel have all passed" on airing the awards ceremony. This reportedly came after NBC, which aired the most recent Golden Globes, "made a lowball offer" that Dick Clark Productions rejected. In 2022, NBC didn't broadcast the Golden Globes at all amid controversy over the voting body's lack of diversity and alleged ethical lapses. Puck says the various networks and streamers have passed mainly because of the high asking price, though the "lingering toxicity" from the Globes' scandal "probably didn't help." Where's Quibi when you need it?


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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.