The Wonder Woman sequel is making its first casting move.
Deadline reports Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are in talks with Kristen Wiig to take on the villainous role in the sequel to Patty Jenkins’ groundbreaking 2017 film. If negotiations are successful, Wiig will play The Cheetah. While the plot is yet to be disclosed, the sequel will be set during the 1980s and feature a Cold War theme.
The character was created by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and artist H. G. Peter in 1943. That initial version, named Priscilla Rich, was a debutante who experienced an identity crisis after Diana upstaged her at a charity event. Her new persona, The Cheetah, ordered Rich to take revenge on Wonder Woman. Since the Golden Age, two other women have taken on the Cheetah costume and matched claws with Diana — though subsequent revisions to continuity have attempted to compress those characters into a single person: Barbara Ann Minerva, an archeologist interested in Diana’s lasso.
Previously, Jenkins suggested the sequel would concern Diana’s (Gal Gadot) first trip to the States. Perhaps she waited 70 years to make that trip or that plan was scrapped as DC’s film universe gets further refined.
Wonder Woman 2 is slate for release on November 1st, 2019.