Patty Jenkins has confirmed what the Internet has been whispering for about a week. Kristen Wiig has signed on to play classic DC Comics villain the Cheetah in “Wonder Woman’s” soon-to-be-in-production 2019 sequel.
The director verified the news on social media, tweeting that she’s excited about the casting and can’t wait to work with Wiig on her transformation into one of Wonder Woman’s greatest adversaries.
Other rumors are swirling around the highly anticipated Warner Bros./DC Entertainment sequel, including a potential setting in the 1980s during the Cold War and Chris Pine’s possible return as Steve Trevor (perhaps in a flashback). But Wiig’s casting is the first major confirmation of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which could begin filming in May, in preparation for a Nov. 1, 2019, release.
Gal Gadot will return as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince under the direction of Jenkins, who will be continuing Hollywood’s first major female superhero franchise — which will also now have a female villain, as well.