Christina Hendricks & Nicolas Winding Refn Talk ‘Wonder Woman’ [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

Christina Hendricks Talks Wonder Woman Christina Hendricks & Nicolas Winding Refn Talk Wonder Woman [Updated]

Warner Bros. has been trying to make a Wonder Woman film for at least the past decade. Additionally, the most recent attempt at bringing the property to television ended in spectacular failure. Needless to say, as far as live-action adaptations are concerned, Wonder Woman is going through a bit of a rough patch.

However, her luck might be turning around. In June, acclaimed director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) spoke about his desire to make a Wonder Woman film with Christina Hendricks in the lead role. And recently, Hendricks herself talked about her desire to play the Amazonian princess.

On the topic of whether or not she would play Wonder Woman, courtesy of Vulture:

“Sure! I grew up on the TV show, and I had Wonder Woman Underoos, and my brother had a Wonder Woman doll — sorry, Aaron, you’re exposed. [Giggles.] And Nicolas said, when we were on set, ‘I want you to be Wonder Woman.’ And I think he is such an extraordinary and exceptional director, that if he asked me to do it, I would do it in a heartbeat.”

Refn himself went on record to tell Collider how, exactly, he would approach the character of Wonder Woman:

“I think my whole fetish and my interest in Wonder Woman came from three or four years ago…My daughter got obsessed with the Wonder Woman televisionshow. The old, ’70s version. I would watch them back to back with her and really enjoyed them immensely. And I’ve always been fascinated by her as a character. I’m not a knowledgeable comic fanatic, as a lot of other people are. But I was very fascinated by a woman of power. And I couldn’t come [up] with any other great role models for my daughter to, say, ‘That’s a woman.’ Besides her mother. So I started getting wholly, completely obsessed about Wonder Woman and saying, ‘I’ve got to make her as a movie. I’ve got to make my take on it.’ And then I met a comic book writer who told me the origins about her, which was very fascinating and I began to see that myself and the creator of her probably had the same fetish of women. And then I knew that I had to make this film… if it ever gets made.”

Hendricks went on to address the topic of Joss Whedon also having her in mind for the role when he was set to write/direct the Wonder Woman film:

“I’d like to think that Joss would have cast me! I also loved working with Joss [on Firefly]. I’m excited to see what he does with The Avengers. Hopefully the stars would align [for Wonder Woman]. It would be really fun. It would be cool, wouldn’t it? I’d get to kick ass.”

On the topic of whether or not Christina Hendricks would want a Wonder Woman film to be true to its sexuality-themed origins:

“Well, I would certainly do what Nicolas wanted to do, and I can only guess what his version would be, but as I grew up with and am now married to a comic book fan, I think it’s important to be true to the original comic books, because I know that the fans love every detail and it’s very important to them. So I think it would be cool to do that. I look forward to learning more about it, actually. I should probably start reading them, so that if someone were to ask me [to be in the movie], I would be fully prepared. [Grins.]”

Frankly, this particular Screen Rant writer is more excited by the prospect of Nicolas Winding Roth directing a Wonder Woman film than he is Christina Hendricks playing the character. (Which isn’t to say that Hendricks is a bad choice for the role – she’s a good actress, so in all likelihood, she’d do a good job.)

More superhero films need to start thinking outside the box. Everybody and their grandmother was excited when Darren Aronofsky was hired to direct The Wolverine  – and then subsequently crushed when they found out that he’d left the project.

Wouldn’t it be nice to watch a superhero film that didn’t feel like a cookie-cutter superhero film (up-and-coming actor + origin + uncomplicated bad guy = $$$)? Whatever your thoughts are on The Dark Knight, at least that felt more like a film and less like a formula.

What are your thoughts on Christina Hendricks playing Wonder Woman? Let us know in the comments.

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Drive, which co-stars Hendricks, hits theaters September 16th, 2011 – so be sure to check out our Drive review. When we hear anything about a live-action Wonder Woman, we’ll let you know.

Source: VultureCollider

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  1. Who cares if she’s not lean or a beanpole? I want to see those beautiful natural melons in a wonder woman costume. She’s hollywood’s hottest actress for me.

    I would love to see Kat Dennings fill that costume well too!

  2. Too bad Lucy Lawless isn’t about 10 years younger… she’d make a great Diana/Wonder Woman. Maybe she could play Diana’s mother?

    Lucy as Wonder Woman:
    http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT8Vb6e_MGtRJ5dPVR2tUZim9rc0ASDbYBZtPVRvd9-C8CXRkro

    • Nah. They need to get Carter to play the mother. Maybe Lucy can play one of the goddesses.

  3. she’d make a great Wonder Woman
    so would Grace Jones , Nina Hagen , Madonna and Cyndi Lauper

    all the above being highly sarcastic including Christina Hendricks
    she is too white ( read pasty glow in the dark alabaster )
    doesnt fit the mold one iota , big boobs dont make a good actress , if that was the case Samantha Fox would have lifetime emmy awards

    • Well apparently big fat bags are all it takes to impress some people…

      • Wonder Woman discussions aside; I think we’re all impressed by those “big fat bags”!

      • Ha I can’t believe I have to apologize for this but ok I’m sorry I am one of many males attracted to large female boobs. Clearly there’s something wrong with all of us because we’re not attracted to beanpoles with the body of a 12 year old. Lol

        • Lmao, no, you have to apologize for having simple tastes. I don’t only like one feature. One actress I think is gorgeous is Diane Lane. Is she a “bean pole?” No, but she doesn’t have “huge boobs” so I guess she’s atrocious right? Michelle Pfeiffer is a beautiful woman, so is Marissa Tomei, oh, no wait, they all don’t have “huge boobs” so I’m sure you will turn them away if they talked to you. But hey, if you want breasts that sag down to their knees when they hit 60, knock yourself out. Me,

          I’m all for proportion, if someone is slim and fit, I think smaller boobs look much better on them than big fat bags. Bigger breasts look alright for some body types but it’s not all that matters. So sorry if I have more complex standards than “OMG luk @ thoz huuuge booobbs!!11″ if that’s how “normal” men are, then I’m proud to say that I’m not too normal…

      • But she also has a beautiful face. To be honest, I think she would be the perfect actress for Marilyn Monroe.

      • No one simply likes her because of her boobs your being ridiculous. She has a beautiful face and a great body aside from the top. She is also a good actress she was fantastic in Firefly and is fantastic in Mad Men. The big boobs are noice for most men, but it’s not at all the only reason people like her.

        • Oh yah, I’m sure all of those comments about huge melons, frontal real estate, and “huge boobs” are talking about her face. And all of those people who had to look up her photos and talking about seeing her in skimpy outfits are remembering her acting ability from Firefly or Madmen. Yep, you’re so right, lol.

          You’re the one being ridiculous by saying that “no one” likes her simply because of her big breasts…

          • Dude, Ken J, you really have no idea what you’re saying. All the actresses you mentioned are beautiful too, and their breast size doesn’t matter. I think Amy Samrt is gorgeous and she doesn’t have a “large bust”. So I can’t think Hendicks is hot now?

            • Speaking about not having any idea, you just finished assuming that I have placed a standard that everyone has to be skinny to be beautiful, yet you can see that a lot of actresses I consider beautiful are not even skinny, so… Someone is wrong here, but I have a feeling that person will never admit to it, lol. ;-)

              • Of course not! Internet standards of debating, rule #1) never admit you’re wrong ;).

  4. Hendricks is beautiful no doubt, but wrong for the part. And I do agree, without a massive update to the story and tone WW should stay on the comics page.

  5. Jessica Biel.

  6. I had to look this actress up because I didn’t know anything about her, and after looking at some of her images, I forgot what I was going to say. :-D

  7. Christina Hendricks is the “PERFECT CHOICE” for Wonder Women. she is the closest to Linda Carter of any actress out today. Im tired of all these skinny actresses trying to look tough. Plus the can act. In fact “Wonder Women” is the role she was born to play. Yes her big boobs help,but everyone knows Wonder Women is larger then life,she’s supposed to have BIG boobs.

  8. She has the body to do it. She would look good in tight clothing. All that would need to change is the hair. All she needs is black hair.

  9. I am at the point were I say MAKE THE DAMN MOVIE ALREADY. I have heard so many actresses and directors names thrown about I’m getting dizzy. At other websites they say A Wonder Woman movie won’t be made for one reason. The creator of W.W. was A pervert and A sexual deviant. How that can stop A movie is beyond me. Although one idea was to make it in 3-D but if they do that some will expect A lot of T&A shots.

  10. While I hate that the series didn’t get off the ground, Christina Hendricks will make a perfect Wonder Woman. I think she is a talented actress.

    The reason why the second series ended up aborted, I think, is evident in the pilot that can be found on the internet. They didn’t keep her “modern”, which translates to that she wasn’t distorted as a vehicle for the warped “21st Century feminist ideal”. They made her lonely for someone to “share with”. Heavens forbid that!

  11. No, not Christina please. I would still very much like to see Megan Gale as Wonder Women, She fits the image so much better.

  12. Its a great idea that they should hurry up with. Wonder Woman is ripe for a fresh Nolan Style take on the character and Christina is perfect for that, as is Refn for directing duties.

    I didn´t like drive, but I respected what it was trying to do. It was visually fantastic as well.

    Christina is imensly talented and is the best thing about a show that has a lot of good things going for it i.e. mad men. Seeing her as that character I actually think she´s the most inspired choice for the role that I´ve heard. Plus she would really fill that wonder woman suit to no end.

    Other casting suggestions.

    Steve Trevors should be played by Ryan Gosling

    Mads Mikkelston is the logical choice for Aires. He´d be great, Jaoquin phoenix or Edward Norton would also be great choices for either villains or the God of war himself.
    Possibly Meryl Streep her mother.

  13. Sopia Vergara should have something to do with it as well, maybe a female villain. Christina and Sophia in a “Super” cat fight would be just good viewing.

    Plus Sophia great, and I would say if she could shed the accent would be a good candidate for wonder woman as well.

  14. Whaaaaaaaaa???? I’m all late, but damn that would’ve been pretty cool. It’s hard for me to imagine how it’d work now, 10 years after Whedon was attached and 4 years after Refn had the idea but back then she’d been an amazing choice. It doesn’t hurt that she’s absolutely gorgeous, my only worry is that her bust would’ve kept her from doing some of the action scenes. I imagine it wouldn’t be very comfortable and the jiggle factor might be a bit much.

  15. Ugh, no. I really, really hope this doesn’t happen if it’s going to be Christina Hendricks. After I heard Gina Carano wonder woman rumours, there is no other person that should even cast their eyes upon the costume.
    Gina as wonder woman- totally believable and I would watch that in a heart beat. Christina Hendricks? Hell no I wouldn’t even get it on dvd.

  16. Whoa bro, where’ve you been, under a rock?
    It definitely won’t be Christina Hendricks, it’s going to be Gal Gadot from the Fast and the Furious movies. I found the casting pretty weird, especially considering that she hasn’t taken any challenging roles and the fact that she’s pretty skinny compared to what I always envisioned Wonder Woman as being but Gadot has promised she’s been working out so we’ll see when the movie finally gets released.

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