Netflix released its epic spy movie starring Gal Gadot on August 11. The film, Heart Of Stone, was announced back in December 2020 and is planned to be the start of a spy thriller franchise similar to Mission: Impossible and Jason Bourne, but with a female lead star. Gal, 38, shows off her action moves that she learned from Wonder Woman to play a CIA Agent in Heart of Stone.
Netflix released the first look at the film at TUDUM in September 2022. The release date was confirmed in Netflix’s “2023 Films Preview” in January, which also showed another glimpse into the movie. The official trailer came out two months before the film’s release.
Will you watch Heart of Stone? So far, critics are not too high on the spy thriller. It has a 38% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Keep reading to learn more about Heart of Stone.
Where and When To Watch
Heart of Stone is available to stream now! The film was released August 11 on Netflix. There are no plans for a theatrical release at this time.
The official trailer for Heart of Stone was released June 17. The First Look video was released at TUDUM and featured Gal talking about the film while epic action scenes from the movie played. “Heart of Stone is going to be extremely epic,” Gal said. “It’s a super grounded, raw action thriller.”
Her co-star Alia Bhatt said, “It has these characters that you really connect with and feel for.” Star Jamie Dornan said, “There’s so much going on and it’s so big scale.” Gal explained that they wanted to keep the film “realistic, so people can feel the pain.” She also said that her character, Rachel Stone, “lives off the adrenaline. She’s addicted to it.”
Cast & Crew
Gal Gadot stars as CIA Agent Rachel Stone. She signed onto the film in December 2020. Bollywood icon Alia Bhatt, 30, plays Keya Dhawan and Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, 41, plays Parker. They both joined the film in early 2022. Heart of Stone is Alia’s first Hollywood project. Sophie Okonedo, Matthias Schweighöfer, Jing Lusi, and Paul Ready also star.
Tom Harper, 43, directed Heart of Stone. The screenwriters are Greg Rucka and Allison Schroeder, who received an Academy Award nomination for co-writing Hidden Figures. The producing team on Heart of Stone includes Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger, and Mockingbird’s Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. Gal also produced the film with her company Pilot Wave.
The official synopsis for Heart of Stone, courtesy of Netflix, reads, “Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot) is an intelligence operative, the only woman who stands between her powerful, global, peace-keeping organization and the loss of its most valuable — and dangerous — asset.”
Netflix executive Ori Marmur told Variety how Heart of Stone will compare to other epic spy movie franchises. “One of the things that got us really excited was the idea of doing a film in a genre that’s often dominated by men. It’s Mission: Impossible. It’s Bourne. Those movies always have men at the center of them,” she said. “This has two strong women in Gal Gadot and Alia Bhatt who are in the middle of things. Along with Jamie Dornan they form a central trio.”
Heart Of Stone Sequel
Heart of Stone is supposed to start a new film franchise, but Netflix hasn’t confirmed a sequel. The streamer might be waiting to see how the movie performs on Netflix. Director Tom Harper talked about wanting to create a new female-led spy franchise in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in May 2023.
“There were a couple of things that immediately jumped out at me, the first was that it was an original movie in a genre that is full of great franchises, but things that have been around for a long time — the Mission: Impossibles or the Bonds or the Bournes,” the director said. “I love those films, but they’ve all been around for decades, so working on something that was an addition to that genre but an original piece of material felt really exciting and was a real opportunity. And I also just loved the fact that it had a female protagonist at the heart of it.”