Hot gossip making the rounds from Hollywood is that Ghostbusters’ Kristen Wiig is being lined up to play the role of Cheetah in Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman 2.
Jenkins, who is returning to write, direct, and produce the sequel is currently on a location scout but had already made Wiig aware of her desire for her to come on board to star opposite Gal Gadot. Although no official negotiations have begun between Wiig and studio executives, it is said that a meeting has taken place moving the casting talks in the right direction.
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Created by William Moulton Marston, Cheetah has seen four different incarnations of the character since its debut; Priscilla Rich (the Golden and Silver Age Cheetah), Deborah Domaine (the Bronze Age Cheetah), Barbara Ann Minerva (the post-Crisis and current Cheetah), and Sebastian Ballesteros (a male usurper who briefly assumed the role in 2001). Minerva’s Cheetah possessed superhuman speed, reaction time, strength and durability to an unknown degree. Her sense of smell has also been enhanced and she is able to see in the dark. Her claws and fangs are preternaturally sharp.
Wonder Woman went on to become the highest-grossing film of the summer in the US with over $410million, marking the highest-grossing film of the DCEU thus far and the highest-grossing origin superhero film ever.
Predominately known for her stints on Saturday Night Live, and comedy outings in Bridesmaids and the all-female Ghostbusters, Wiig will be starring in the English language remake of Toni Erdmann and voicing Ruffnut Thorston in How to Train Your Dragon 3.
Wonder Woman 2 has been scheduled for a November 1st, 2019 release.