Wonder Woman is at the forefront of the cinematic zeitgeist, as everyone’s favorite heroine lassos in big bucks at the box office and leads up the most successful DCEU film to date (and potentially one of the most iconic superhero films ever). If there was ever a time to get down with America’s favorite Amazon, that time is now, and director Angela Robinson is eager to explore the feminist potential behind Wonder Woman’s creation with comic creator biopic Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.
The movie will follow the creation of Wonder Woman as Harvard psychologist William Marston draws inspiration from the incredible women in his life — namely, his wife, Elizabeth, and their live-in girlfriend, Olive. The triad must navigate a media firestorm after Marston draws heat for creating the iconic Diana Prince. The project has officially cast Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) as the titular Marston, Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) as Mrs. Elizabeth Marston, and Bella Heathcote (Fifty Shades Darker) as Olive Byrne.
Though the project is still very much in development, promotion is well under way, and we’re happy to share a teaser site for the film with you today. (The site’s URL can be found at the end of a mysterious teaser screening with Wonder Woman in theaters.) The site features original comic art depicting Evans, Hall, and Heathcote as Dr. Marston, Mrs. Marston, and Byrne, as well as Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, Nashville) in an unnamed role. Scrolling through the site reveals comic dialogue that appears to allude to the film’s script, and the page holds concealed links to the social media profiles for the film’s actors, as well as director Angela Robinson.
This film is an interesting departure for director Robinson, who is perhaps best known for her work on the iconic 2004 lesbian spy film D.E.B.S. Robinson has also contributed heavily to The L Word, True Blood, and How to Get Away with Murder in various producer roles. In contrast, cast members Rebecca Hall and Luke Evans are no strangers to the action genre. Evans is well-known for his role as Bard the Bowman in the The Hobbit trilogy, and Hall gave a stunning performance as Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3.
This origin story is sure to play up the little-known aspects of Wonder Woman’s roots, especially given the unique nature of The Marstons’ relationship with Olive Byrne. Given Angela Robinson’s prominent contribution to lesbian media, this film will likely not be a tantalizing tale of taboos. Since Wonder Woman is an iconic LGBT character, it makes sense that her real-life origins revolve heavily around the romantic relationship between two women.
This definitely looks like a promising project with a stellar cast. All that remains is whether or not the film will come out in time to ride the current Wonder Woman wave.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is still in development. No release date has been announced.