Any comic book fan knows how important Wonder Woman’s mom, Hippolyta, is to her origin and characterization. The mother/daughter dynamic, and all that entails, has been a defining characteristic of every incarnation of Wonder Woman. So it is logical that Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons would be part of the Wonder Woman film. Now we know who will play her.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Danish actress Connie Nielsen has been cast in Wonder Woman as Hippolyta. She joins Gal Gadot, Chris Pine,Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, and Ewen Bremner.
This will not be the first time Nielsen played a woman of power whose wardrobe consisted of togas and sandals. She is best remember in the U.S. for her role as Lucilla, sister of Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus in 2000’s Gladiator. She has also had recurring roles in American TV shows such as The Good Wife, The Following and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Niesen is a competent actress, but a certain section of Wonder Woman fandom has to be disappointed. There was a calling in the fan community that TV’s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter be cast in the role.
Wonder Woman is currently in production with a June 23, 2017 release date.