Zack Snyder Fought For Connie Nielsen’s Casting In ‘Wonder Woman’

Connie Nielsen recently recalled that Zack Snyder was the one who fought for her to be cast as Hippolyta in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.

Before Connie Nielsen was cast as Hippolyta, Charlize Theron turned down the role of Wonder Woman’s mother despite working with Patty Jenkins and winning on Oscar in Monster. Since then, Nielsen has now appeared in two films set in the DC Extended Universe as Hippolyta and will return in Wonder Woman 1984.

Zack Snyder notably had a hand in Wonder Woman as a producer, writing the story, and casting Gal Gadot. As it turns out, he is also responsible for courting Connie Nielsen to the DC Extended Universe. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nielsen revealed how Snyder convinced Patty Jenkins to meet with her for the role of Hippolyta:

“It’s funny because it was Zack Snyder who was the one who kept saying to Patty, ‘I really think you should meet with Connie Nielsen. I really think she’s right for this role. Patty was like, ‘Oh, no, she’s this tough girl, and I’m not looking for a tough woman for this.’ Zack then said, ‘I really don’t think so. I think you should meet with her.’ I had to fly to London just before Christmas. I think I arrived and went straight from the airport to lunch with Patty at this Japanese restaurant. I just immediately fell into this comrades-in-arms kind of feeling with her, and we just bonded over the next four hours. We had the longest lunch, and it just felt like a conversation that was unable to end.”

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Full details on the Wonder Woman 1984 plot are being kept under wraps, but the film is said to follow Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince as she comes into conflict with a formidable new adversary named Cheetah and businessman Maxwell Lord. Wonder Woman was last seen in Zack Snyder’s DC superhero team-up movie Justice League.

Directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with David Callaham and a treatment she developed with Geoff Johns, the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielsen, and Robin Wright.

Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 14, 2020. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the DC Extended Universe and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.