Wonder Woman Casts Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta
Production on Wonder Woman has been under way since November, with most of the major cast members in place before principal photography commenced. There is one important character from the comic books that hasn't been cast, but now it seems that role has been filled. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Danish actress Connie Nielsen has signed on to portray Hippolyta, ruling Queen of the Amazonians and mother of Gal Gadot's title character.
No details were revealed about how she is involved in the story, but last year a rumor surfaced that Wonder Woman will be set in three different time periods and settings. One of these settings is Diana's homeland of Themyscira, and it is rumored that the Italy portion of the shoot will be used for the Themyscira scenes. It was also recently confirmed that another setting is World War I, with the last setting being present day, which will connect the movie to her appearance in the upcoming Justice League Part 1.
Connie Nielsen joins a cast that also includes Chris Pine as the title character's love interest, Steve Trevor, along with Ewen Bremner, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis and Saïd Taghmaoui. No details have been given for the rest of the supporting cast quite yet. There have also been rumors that Sean Bean and Eva Green were playing the main villains Ares and Circe, but their involvement hasn't been confirmed either.
Patty Jenkins (Monster) is directing Wonder Woman from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs (Pan), with Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder producing. Principal photography is taking place on location in the UK, France and Italy. No plot details have been revealed yet.
Connie Nielsen is best known for starring as Lucilla in the 2000 Best Picture winner Gladiator. She most recently starred in Nymphomaniac Volume I, 3 Days to Kill and in the TV series The Following. She will next be seen in Stratton alongside Tom Felton. What do you think about this casting choice? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more on Wonder Woman as principal photography continues.