Warner Bros. and DC Comics began setting up their extended universe in 2013 with Man of Steel, but it will officially kick off with the premiere of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice next spring, to be followed later in the summer by David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Batman V Superman is also set to introduce the DCEU’s incarnation of Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) before she goes on to star in her own standalone feature.
Gearing up for its 2017 premiere date, Wonder Woman began filming late last month and Warner Bros. released an official cast list for the feature. Nicole Kidman, who had been in talks to co-star in the film, was noticeably absent from the official cast, causing many to suspect Robin Wright (House of Cards) had taken the role Kidman was thought to play – Diana’s mother, Amazonian Queen Hippolyta. However, a new report clarifies some of the casting on Wonder Woman, including why Kidman didn’t join the feature.
Variety reporter Justin Kroll tweeted [h/t to CBM] that the deal for Kidman to join Wonder Woman was never finalized due to scheduling conflicts. Additionally, Wright was not cast in the role Kidman was in talks for, since her deal was finalized before Kidman entered talks, and the House of Cards actress wasn’t cast as Hippolyta. However, Kidman’s role still hasn’t been cast, though producers are considering giving it to Wright, which would mean they would need to recast her original role.
As you know Kidman's dates didn't work out so they are trying to figure out whether to just give Robin Wright that role or find another star
As you know Kidman's dates didn't work out so they are trying to figure out whether to just give Robin Wright that role or find another star— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) December 18, 2015
Don't know what role Wright currently has but it isn't Hippolyta like others believed, it's actually another role— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) December 18, 2015
In fact Wright's deal for her unknown role had closed before Kidman even had an offer, so we'll just have to see what ends up happening— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) December 18, 2015
Wonder Woman is being directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) from a script by Jason Fuchs (Holy Rollers). The officially announced cast includes Gadot as Wonder Woman, Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond) as Steve Trevor, as well as Wright, David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans), Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead) in undisclosed roles.
At the time when Kidman was still in talks for Wonder Woman, the character was described as a “high-ranking Amazonian warrior,” which led many to believe it to be Queen Hippolyta. If Wright wasn’t previously cast as Hippolyta and the Amazonian warrior role is still open, that could be Diana’s mother. However, it should be noted that we speculated the role Kidman was up for could also be Hera, the wife of Zeus, who would be an antagonist to Wonder Woman in the version of her origin in which she’s born from an affair between Hippolyta and the king of the gods.
Since Wonder Woman is already in production, the producers may choose to cast Wright in Kidman’s previous role due to time constraints, or they may cast another A-list actress, which has been a trend among films in the DCEU. As for whether the role Kidman was up for is Hippolyta or another Amazonian character, it remains to be seen. Despite releasing an official cast list, Warner Bros. has kept information on their characters under wraps, so it may be some time before we have official confirmation on what role Wright will be playing. But, with Wonder Woman in production, it may not be long before we learn more about the film’s characters.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will see theatrical release on March 25th, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; and Green Lantern on June 19th, 2020. The Superman and Batman solo films have release dates TBD.
Source: Justin Kroll [via CBM]