Kristen Wiig Officially Cast in ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel as Cheetah
Earlier this month, rumors started circulating that Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig was in talks to play the main villain in Wonder Woman‘s sequel, but it had been nothing more than speculation. Now those rumors can be put to rest, as director Patty Jenkins confirmed this morning on her Twitter account that Wiig had in fact been cast as Cheetah, one of Diana’s most prominent villains.
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
There have been multiple versions of the villain, but for those of you who might not be as familiar, Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva a.k.a. Cheetah is the current comic version of the character, and ever since she was introduced in 1987 she has been one of Wonder Woman’s fiercest foes. She has also made multiple appearances in the DCAU, in shows like the original Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited, and more recently in the web series DC Superhero Girls which is aimed at a younger audience.
Wonder Woman was one of 2017’s biggest hits, making over $821.8 million at box offices worldwide, so naturally there are high expectations for the sequel but with the incredible Patty Jenkins returning, fans shouldn’t expect anything less.
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