The internet was already a pretty big place, but it’s even bigger today as Walt Disney Pictures has announced that “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is set to lend her voice to “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the upcoming sequel to 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph”. Gadot will voice Shank, a tough and talented driver in an intense and gritty online racing game called “Slaughter Race”.
In the film, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) encounter Shank and her unusual cohorts when they venture to the internet in search of a replacement part for Vanellope’s game, “Sugar Rush”. A tough-as-nails street racer, Shank takes her role and her tricked-out car very seriously and doesn’t like to lose. When Vanellope finds herself in a street race with Shank, her Sugar Rush driving skills are put to the test—and Shank is impressed.
“[Shank] is the coolest character in this world of ‘Slaughter Race’,” says director Rich Moore (whose credits include both the original “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Zootopia”). “Shank’s lived a lot, she’s seen a lot, yet she’s got nothing but kindness in her heart—that’s the duality of that character.”
“Shank is amazing at driving cars and has this bad-girl vibe to her,” adds Gadot, “But as the movie goes on you realize how fun, wise and warm she really is on the inside, which is what I like most about her.”
“There’s so much texture to her voice and so much living in her voice,” says director/writer Phil Johnston. “If Ralph is Vanellope’s big-brother figure, we wanted a big-sister figure. We wanted someone that Vanellope would look up to, and Gal is definitely someone kids—and a lot of adults I know—aspire to emulate. I can’t imagine anyone else embodying that part.” Shank’s approach to racing—and life in general—opens Vanellope’s eyes to the limitless possibilities of the internet and the excitement of a new world that feels like home to her.”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” also features the return of Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix and Jane Lynch as Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun, alongside newcomer Taraji P. Henson as Yesss the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.” Alan Tudyk is also back from the 2012 original, playing a brand new character.
A Walt Disney Pictures release, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits theaters November 21, 2018. You can check out the full image of Shank below and, if you missed it last week, click here to check out our gallery of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ concept art.