After several weeks of rumors, superstar director Patty Jenkins confirmed that Kristen Wiig will, indeed, star in her upcoming “Wonder Woman” sequel. Jenkins made the announcement on her personal Twitter feed.
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
Wiig will star opposite Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, as Cheetah. According to DC Database, Cheetah is the alias of Dr. Barbara Minerva, a British archaeologist and heiress to a massive fortune. From the Wonder Woman series of comics, Dr. Minerva fell victim to a ritual-gone-wrong in a village in an African jungle. Cheetah eventually became a villain and nemesis of Wonder Woman.
Wiig began her film and television career in the early 2000s. She joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 2005, where she quickly rose to become an audience favorite with some of her recurring characters including Kathie Lee Gifford, Nancy Pelosi, Target Lady, and Aunt Linda.
The comedienne has also starred in films including “Whip It,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and “Ghostbusters.” She earned an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the Paul Feig film, “Bridesmaids.” She has also tried her hand at more dramatic roles including appearances in “The Martian,” “mother!” and Marielle Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”
“Wonder Woman” outperformed all expectations when it hit theaters last summer. The origin story earned a domestic total of $412 million, and worldwide receipts of $821M. It handily became the highest domestic grosser for the DC Extended Universe. In worldwide totals, it is just shy of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which topped out at $872M.
Patty Jenkins will return to direct the sequel. She is one of the few female directors to return to direct a sequel to her own film in a franchise. Gal Gadot will once again brandish her sword and shield to save the world.
“Wonder Woman 2” is slated for release on November 1, 2019.