“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins announced former “Saturday Night Live” star Kristen Wiig is joining the highly-anticipated sequel as Wonder Woman’s adversary, Cheetah.
Rumors of Wiig’s casting began floating around last week, and today Jenkins confirmed the news with a Tweet. Besides playing memorable characters on “Saturday Night Live,” Kristen Wiig found success in theaters with “Bridesmaids,” which she starred in alongside Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Wiig co-wrote “Bridesmaids” with Annie Mumolo.
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
Wiig also played Dr. Erin Gilbert in the recent “Ghostbusters” reboot, directed by Paul Feig.
In the comics, there have been four different incarnations of Cheetah: Priscilla Rich (Golden and Silver Age Cheetah), Deborah Domaine (Bronze Age Cheetah), Barbara Ann Minerva (post-crisis and current Cheetah), and Sebastian Ballesteros (briefly assumed the role in 2001).
The plot for “Wonder Woman 2” is currently unknown, but it reportedly takes places during the Cold War. Gal Gadot returns to play Wonder Woman, which is the only other confirmed casting at this point.
“Wonder Woman 2” is scheduled for release on November 1, 2019.