14 Casting Secrets That Could Have Changed the Game in Wonder Woman
Raking in over $100 million — $103.1 million, to be more accurate — at the opening weekend box office, Wonder Woman completely smashed the previously held record for a movie directed by a woman. (That honor used to belong to Fifty Shades of Grey, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.) Not only that, it’s got FANTASTIC ratings; it’s currently at 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Not too bad for a movie starring a woman who almost gave up on acting, and a production that was in talks for a decade with multiple directors attaching/detaching themselves, huh?
So, naturally, there’s buzz about a Wonder Woman sequel. (Its leading lady, Gal Gadot, and director, Patty Jenkins, are contractually committed to a second film, so…) But, before the time comes when we get to hear more about that potential project, you need to hear the behind-the-scenes details of this year’s blockbuster.
Over the years, names like Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Jessica Biel and even Kristen Stewart were brought up as potentials to play Diana Prince and her alter ego. But, in the case of the 2017 superhero movie, these are the casting secrets you need to know:
Gal Gadot didn’t even know she was auditioning to portray Wonder Woman!
"It was all very secretive," Gal explained. "But without ever knowing it, I think Wonder Woman was my dream role. I grew up watching women playing princesses or damsels in distress. You had Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron, but it wasn't common to see great roles for women."