Indian actor Soundarya Sharma is the latest cast member added to Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, the sequel to the 2017 blockbuster. Sharma’s role has not been disclosed, but she will not begin filming until late October. The film has been shooting in the Washington DC area, but if it follows the pattern of the first film, production may take place in a number of locations around the globe. Sharma spoke to the website TheHindu.com and expressed her excitement of landing a role and offered a few teases as to who she might depict in the movie:
“This I can say is a ‘dream coming true’ situation. It’s exhilarating to be a part of such a larger than life character film where you get to play your dream role. I have always dreamt of playing such a character and idolised it.”
This is high praise, which would seem to indicate that she isn’t just playing some bit part. Could she be another superhero or possibly even a supervillain? We already know that Kristen Wiig is playing The Cheetah, who looks to be the main villain of the sequel, but there is the possibility that there could be another, perhaps a goddess. Or if she is playing a Wonder ally, could she perhaps be bringing Diana’s sister Donna Troy, the original Wonder Girl to the big screen? Donna was a human child that Wonder Woman rescued and took to Themyscira, where the Amazons granted her the strength and power of an Amazon. Since she is not related by blood to Diana, there is no reason why her ethnicity couldn’t be different.
In addition to returning stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, plus Wiig, the ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ cast also includes Pedro Pascal in an undisclosed villain role, as well as comedian Natasha Rothwell, Gabriella Wilde and Ravi Patel. TV’s ‘Wonder Woman’, Lynda Carter is rumored to be making a cameo. Patel is also of Indian descent, so whoever his character is, may be connected to Sharma’s.
Sharma may not be known in the US, but she has appeared in Indian movies ‘Meeruthiya Gangsters’ and ‘Ranchi Diaries’.
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ will arrive in theaters on November 1st, 2019.