Lebanon and Kuwait will not play Death on the Nile, The deadline has been confirmed, and this is unfortunately due to the two 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 actress’ film wonder woman of its release in May 2017. At the time, the country was reportedly urged to do so by the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon group. 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.
Death of the Nile comes out in the rest of the Middle East starting this weekend. No requests were made by Lebanon or Kuwait for changes to the print.
The daily mailwho first got the news of Death on the Nilein Kuwait, local newspaper Al-Qabas quoted as saying the country had bowed to a ban on Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie 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.
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.
During this time, 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.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) May 12, 2021