June 2, 2017 marks the long-awaited release of Wonder Woman, the fourth installment in the #DCEU and a much-need female #superhero movie. The story takes place centuries before other #DC heroes are even born, going all the way back to Diana Prince's origins as an Amazon princess.
While we've already seen Gal Gadot as Diana in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most of the Wonder Woman characters and actors playing them are newcomers to the DCEU. So what do you need to know about the actors bringing Wonder Woman's story to the big screen? This is your recap about the Wonder Woman cast & characters — you can also head to the #WonderWoman page for all news related to the movie.
Wonder Woman Cast & Characters: Who's In It?
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
An Israeli actress and model, #GalGadot started her career as Miss Israel 2004. Not long after she auditioned for the part of the James Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, she starred in the Fast & Furious franchise as Gisele Yashar, a character who appeared in three of the movies. However, she has truly been propelled to international fame upon getting the role of Wonder Woman in the DCEU.
One of DC's most iconic characters, Wonder Woman is born among the Amazons on Paradise Island, also known as Themyscira. Her exact origins vary in the comics, but in the movie she might be the daughter of Zeus, who'd have given her extraordinary powers. But most importantly, she distinguishes herself from grumpier heroes like Batman in that she's got a big heart: She wants to believe in people and do what is right. And while she definitely starts out as a rather naive superhero, she's got a selflessness that facilitates her involvement in conflict.
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor
If you don't know #ChrisPine from his role as Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek franchise, you might have spotted him in the recent critically acclaimed Hell or High Water. An American actor who started his career with a small role in the TV series ER, he joins the Wonder Woman cast as Steve Trevor.
An American pilot and intelligence officer during World War I, Trevor first meets Diana when his plane crashes on Themyscira after he attempts to steal the formula to a powerful chemical weapon. She follows him back into the conflict, but it's the memory of this romance that could explain why she's given up on saving the world when we meet again with her in Batman v Superman. Still, we're crossing fingers that Steve will make it to the end of Wonder Woman alive.
Danny Huston as General Ludendorff
An actor, writer and director, #DannyHuston has appeared in countless movies, from Aviator to Children of Men. Wonder Woman won't be his first superhero movie, since he played Stryker in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. His first directorial success was Mr. North in 1988, and his latest project is titled The Last Photograph.
General Ludendorff truly existed, and was one of the German leaders during World War I. He appears as Wonder Woman's main enemy in the trailers — though we now know he's nothing but a pawn in the game of the gods. Still, his battle with Diana promises to be epic.
Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison
Spanish actress #ElenaAyana has starred mostly in Spanish movies, from Almodóvar's Talk to Her to The Skin I Live In. Though she's appeared in Van Helsing, Wonder Woman will be her first big foray into blockbuster action.
Ludendorff's sidekick, Doctor Poison, might also have direct ties to Ares and is a classic Wonder Woman villain. Her inclusion in the World War I context makes total sense: It seems like she's devising a chemical weapon for the Germans, but Steve Trevor steals the formulas — and that's when his plane gets shot down above the Atlantic.
David Thewlis as Sir Patrick
You'll certainly recognize #DavidThewlis from his role as Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter franchise, where he turns into a hungry werewolf. In Wonder Woman, he plays Sir Patrick, an advocate for peace whose body may or may not be used as a host by Ares, the god of War.
Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta
A Danish actress, #ConnieNielsen has had several roles in film and television, from Ridley Scott's Gladiator to the Boss series. In Wonder Woman, she plays the Queen of the Amazons and Diana's mother, and she doesn't wish for her daughter to go out and save humanity.
Robin Wright as General Antiope
American actress and director #RobinWright's career started in the '80s (notably with The Princess Bride), but she's probably mostly known for her brilliant turn as Claire Underwood in Netflix's series House of Cards. Aside from being part of the Wonder Woman cast, she's also set to appear in the Blade Runner sequel.
The sister of Queen Hippolyta and her right-hand woman, she helped raise Diana and trained her harder than any other Amazon on the island.
Lucy Davis as Etta Candy
#LucyDavis, a British actress, has appeared in several TV shows, from The Office to Ugly Betty. But while she appeared in Season 13 of NCIS last year, she hasn't had any recent movie roles — until her turn as the amazing Etta Candy in Wonder Woman.
Etta Candy starts out in the comics as a candy-loving sidekick to Wonder Woman, fearless and proud of her plump figure, a refreshing alternative to the unrealistically skinny female comic book characters. Later on, her origins are twisted to make her an intelligence officer. In the film, she's Steve Trevor's bubbly secretary, and we can already tell she's got her characteristic optimism and motivation. Let's hope we can see her become best friends with Diana!
The God of War will be mainly CGI in the movie, and he's Wonder Woman's biggest enemy. They have equivalent power, but are the exact opposites of each other in terms of ideology: When Wonder Woman believes in truth and love, Ares thrives on conflict and disorder. It's very much likely that he was responsible for the start of World War I in the movie, prompting Wonder Woman to intervene — and his presence also explains why Diana steals the God Killer sword from her native island.
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