Virginia Madsen is an Oscar-nominated actress, and an accomplished voice actress, having most recently provided the voice for Queen Hippolyta in Warner Brother's direct-to-DVD animated film, Wonder Woman. Now the actress has recently revealed to SCI FI Wire that she would like to reprise her role in the eventual live-action film starring DC's Amazonian Princess.
"I want to play Hippolyta in the live-action movie," Madsen said, while speaking at Wonder-Con in San Francisco. "So I'm going to start campaigning for that part now. Could you imagine what my competition would be? Because everyone, so many actors, want to play that kind of thing, because it really would be so much fun to go to work everyday, and, just as a female, to be able to play that kind of role, where you can kick butt and have awesome power. It's not that often that we find those kinds of roles. So I'd have pretty strong competition for this role if it becomes live action."
Madsen has been a longtime fan of science fiction and superheroes. "I was a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy, the whole genre. I mean, I was an actress from day one. So if I was reading The Wizard of Oz, I lived in that world while I was reading it. And if I saw an old Boris Karloff horror film, I lived in that movie while I was watching it. When I first went to Hollywood, in one of my first films, I actually got to go into that genre and be a part of it. That was a dream come true."
Madsen also revealed that she grew up identifying with Wonder Woman. "She was really the only [female] superhero," she said. "I mean, there was Wonder Woman and there was Barbie, and I certainly wasn't going to play with Barbie. I was so uninterested in her, and my mother was a feminist, so she thought Barbie was a negative influence."
Produced by the multiple Emmy Award winning animation legend Bruce Timm, Wonder Woman is an origin story and features a stellar celebrity voice cast including Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Virginia Madsen, Rosario Dawson, Oliver Platt and David McCallum. Visit the film's official website at www.wonderwomanmovie.com. Wonder Woman hits DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 3, 2009.