‘Gladiator’ Actress Connie Nielsen Cast as Wonder Woman’s Mother

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Good genes run in the family, it seems. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Warner Bros. has cast Danish actress Connie Nielsen as Hippoyta, Queen of the Amazons and mother to Princess Diana in “Wonder Woman.”

Nielsen’s most recent credits include TV’s “The Good Wife” and “The Following,” but she’s perhaps most widely known for her role as the Roman queen in the Russell Crowe film, “Gladiator.” The actress joins an already impressive cast that includes Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Chris Pine (“Star Trek,” “The Finest Hours”), who will play Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), and David Thewlis (“Anomalisa”).

The film is currently shooting in the United Kingdom and Italy and will take place during World War I. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Warner Bros. casts Diana’s sister, Donna Troy, as Wonder Girl. That would certainly make things interesting.

“Wonder Woman” will hit theaters on June 23, 2017 and is directed by Patty Jenkins with a screenplay by Jason Fuchs.

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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