Wonder Woman may not hit theaters until 2017, but already, it’s generated a lot of buzz. Most of the movie’s popularity stems from Wonder Woman herself, especially since this is a chance to see a female superhero movie done justice, considering Elektra and Catwoman were not good. But the Wonder Woman movie isn’t only giving us Wonder Woman herself but other characters like Steve Trevor and now, officially, Queen Hippolyta.
The news of Hippolyta’s involvement in the film comes as the role has finally been cast. Previously, Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman had been in talks for the role but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Taking on the role now is Danish actress Connie Nielsen.
The Danish actress has been acting in American movies since 1997’s The Devil’s Advocate, and you’ve probably seen her in movies like Mission to Mars, One Hour Photo, and 3 Days to Kill. She’s also had recurring roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Following, and The Good Wife. Queen Hippolyta isn’t Nielsen’s first experience playing royalty either, as she portrayed a Roman Empress in the award-winning film Gladiator.
Nielsen’s casting derailed rumors that Robin Wright, who had already been cast in the movie, would be playing Hippolyta. Variety indicated that Wright would instead be playing Wonder Woman’s aunt and Hippolyta’s sister, Antiope.
However, Wright’s daughter said recently that her mother was “training to be a super hero for a movie,” so maybe Wright will be playing someone else instead? Rumor has it that Circe and Ares will be the major villains of the movie, which means it’s possible Wright could be playing Circe. But it’s far more likely that the “super hero” Wright’s daughter referred to was indeed Antiope, considering all the Themyscirian Amazons have superhuman capabilities.
“It’s a period we don’t see often; it’s usually World War II. Our costume design is incredible. We have scenes with, like, 500 extras all in period dress. I’d never been on a film with extras casting as beautifully done as it is here.”
The Wonder Woman comics debuted in 1941 and originally had strong ties to World War II, so it’s possible that Diana is having her origins changed again. Io9’s Rob Bricken has a pretty interesting idea about why the filmmakers might have made that decision, but we should also remember that most rumors point to at least parts of the movie being set in modern day and there’s no telling what kind of impact that will have on the story, if it’s true.
Pine told E! News: “Gal Gadot…is beautiful, so talented, strong and the story is really one I think that needs to be out there. The simple fact of the matter is it’s about a woman who’s so strong with such physical ability that she could kick such ass but really at the end of the day leads with an incredible amount of compassion and love and hope for humanity and I think we need a lot of that right now.”
As for Snyder, he talked to Film Ink about casting Gadot, saying:
“We tested a bunch of actresses, as you can imagine. But the thing with Gal is that she’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It’s that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for. She can get serious, but she’s amazingly fun to be around.”
He also revealed that Wonder Woman’s role in the soon-to-be-released Dawn of Justice will, unfortunately, largely be a cameo.
Luckily, for those of who crave more of the warrior princess of the Amazons, the first official Wonder Woman footage will be coming at us in a flash. After The Flash’s return from hiatus, the CW will air two specials, the first about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and the second titled DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League, which will feature footage from Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman.
The DC sneak peek at Wonder Woman will air January 19, and the film, which is currently filming in the UK and Italy, is scheduled to be released June 23, 2017.