Kristen Wiig, who is perhaps best known for her parts on Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids, is reportedly being eyed to play the main villain in Wonder Woman 2. Sources told Variety that Wiig is Warner Bros.’ “top voice” to play Cheetah in the upcoming film. It would be Wiig’s first time in a comic book movie.
According to the report, director Patty Jenkins ranked Wiig high on her list to play Cheetah, and she reportedly informed Wiig of that before the director left for a location scouting trip. Wiig and “top execs” recently met, according to the report, and she is reportedly closer now to officially signing on. Variety’s Justin Kroll said on Twitter that Emma Stone was initially pursued for the part, but she apparently passed on the opportunity.
Wonder Woman 2 is due in theatres on November 1, 2019. Jenkins returns to write, direct, and produce the film, and according to reports, she’s signed a better contract for the sequel that will pay her in the high eight-figure range.
The first Wonder Woman film explored Diana’s roots on the island of Themyscira, before she became the world-famous superhero. Now, Jenkins says, “She’s fully developed, it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start.”
Wonder Woman made more than $800 million worldwide, so it’s no surprise that a sequel is on the way. We don’t know much about the story for the sequel, but Jenkins previously teased that the film “is funny and a great love story again and a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than were in the last movie.”