Warner Bros. Pictures has found an actor to the play the deadly character ‘Cheetah’ in Wonder Woman 2, casting Kristen Wiig in the role of the iconic villain. After a few days of rumors and speculation, it was Director Patty Jenkins that confirmed the casting on Friday morning through social-media. The “Wonder Woman” follow-up does not have an official title at this point, but the cast is finally starting to come together.
Jenkins confirmed the news on Twitter telling her followers, “So excited to confirm the most thrilling news, Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!!”
In the comics, Cheetah is one of Wonder Woman’s oldest nemesis. The villain has gone through a few variations since her debut in the 1940s, but in one of her more recent adaptations she is an archaeologist with a rare ability to take on a Cheetah like appearance with superhuman strength, speed, and agility.
The original “Wonder Woman” film was directed by Patty Jenkins, working from a script written by Allan Heinberg. The titular role was played by Gal Gadot, who is coming back for the sequel, and featured Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, and Ewen Bremner.
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
The first film in the franchise was an outstanding success for Warner Bros. Pictures. “Wonder Woman” opened at number-one ion 2017 with a $103M debut, even though it opened against the animated-film “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” which brought in over $23M that same weekend. “Wonder Woman” made over $412M domestically, and the film then went on to make over $821M worldwide.