Kristen Wiig Might Play Wonder Woman's Next Villain

The SNL alum is reportedly in talks to play Cheetah in the highly-anticipated sequel.

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Kristen Wiig is the "top choice" to play Diana Prince's villain, Cheetah, in Wonder Woman IIVariety (opens in new tab) reports. The highly-anticipated sequel is slated to release on November 1, 2019, starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins once again.

Details are scarce on the film so far, but reports (opens in new tab) say Wonder Woman's next chapter will take place in the United States and likely during the 1980s in the context of the Cold War.

"The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right," Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) last year. "She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time."

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The feline adversary is a recurring figure in the Wonder Woman comics, but one of the most popular iterations is that of Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, who was introduced in 1987, according to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab). She's a British archeologist and heiress who acquires cheetah-like abilities after an expedition in Africa goes awry.

News of Wiig's potential casting arrives shortly after rumors circulated that Emma Stone was being eyed for the role, but she reportedly turned it down (opens in new tab).

Filming is slated to begin this summer, but right now the WWII team is still developing the screenplay, according to producer Charles Roven. "We do believe we have a good story to tell," he told ComicBook.com (opens in new tab).

Wonder Woman II will also be the first film (opens in new tab) made under the new Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines, which were established to fight and eradicate the culture of sexual abuse in the film industry.

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