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Lebanese ministry calls for ban of Wonder Woman movie

Gal Gadot stars as the titular Wonder Woman in the upcoming Warner Bros. superhero flick. (MGN Online)

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's ministry of economy says it has asked the country's security agency to ban the 2017 Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli.

A senior security official says no formal request has been received yet, and that the ban would require a recommendation from a six-ministry-member committee. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Posters of the film have appeared on the streets of Beirut. At least one cinema has an advance screening Wednesday, including free popcorn for members.

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Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling or having contacts with Israelis.

The movie is based on the DC Comics character. "Wonder Woman" hits U.S. theaters on June 2.

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