Brighton grad Kristen Wiig to play 'Cheetah' in Wonder Woman 2

Wonder Woman 2: Kristen Wiig confirmed as the villain

Wonder Woman 2: Kristen Wiig's Cheetah Casting Is Perfect

Director Patty Jenkins confirmed the rumors on Friday morning. Cant wait to finally work with one of my favorites. The first film proved itself to be an undeniable hit, and Wonder Woman 2 is now in development, hoping to recapture that magic for its 2019 release.

Obviously, the ability to interact with cats is vital to any portrayal of a character named Cheetah, and Wiig and her Ghostbusters co-star Kate McKinnon are both ultra feline.

Kristen Wiig playing the villain in Wonder Woman 2 may be a surprise, but it would be hard to find a better choice for Cheetah. And SO excited by what we have planned. Beyond Jenkins promising that Wonder Woman 2 will be totally different from Diana's origin story, development has been kept under wraps. Her real name is Barbara Minerva (there have been numerous Cheetahs, but Minerva is arguably the most iconic), and she is typically portrayed as a thief who finds herself magically transformed into a human-cheetah hybrid by a mysterious artifact.

The 44-year-old actress and comedian will play villain Cheetah, who possesses superhuman strength and agility. Gal Gadot tweeted. "This is going to be WONDERful!"

She tweeted: " I'm SO excited welcome on board Kristen!

Set in the 1980s, the Wonder Woman sequel is expected to open in theaters November 1, 2019. Gadot immediately followed it up with a quick congratulations of her own.

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