Charlize Theron is not only one of the most beautiful women in the world, but one of the most famous and acclaimed actors in Hollywood, having won an Oscar and a Golden Globe (both for 2004’s ‘Monster’). She easily jumps between serious drama, and blazing action (‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’). So you’d think she’d be a natural candidate to play the most famous female superhero in the world, right? As it turns out, no, that isn’t true. But it has a tiny basis in the truth. And ouch, it had to hurt!
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While promoting her new comedy, ‘Long Shot’ on Bravo’s late night talk show ‘Watch What Happens Live!’, hosted by Andy Cohen, she took the time to clear up a rumor. A caller asked whether it was true that she had turned down the role of ‘Wonder Woman’, and if she regretted it, considering how successful the film, with Gal Gadot in the lead, became.
Theron quickly clarified that she had not been offered the lead role in ‘Wonder Woman’, but rather a different part in the film.
Watch what she said:
Yikes! As she stated, she was not considered to play Wonder Woman, but Wonder Woman’s mother, Hippolyta, a role that wound up going to Connie Nielsen. Just for the record, Theron is 43 years-old, while Nielsen is 53, but let’s face it, they’re both stunning! And this particular movie could pull this off because the Amazons are basically immortal.
Still, as Theron recounted, it was quite a reality check!
As for Nielsen, she is in good company, as Aquaman’s mother, Atlanna, was portrayed by another “woman of a certain age,” Nicole Kidman, 51, who is also still a knockout, and got a chance to stretch her action movie muscles in that billion-dollar hit.
If it’s any consolation, whether or not it’s true, there were rumors that Theron was on Marvel’s wish list to play ‘Captain Marvel’, but that role went to Brie Larson, 29.
Theron will get another chance to play a butt-kicking femme fatale, as a sequel to ‘Atomic Blonde’ is in the works. In the meantime, she will be seen showing off her comedy chops in the acclaimed new film ‘Long Shot’, which costars Seth Rogan, and opens this weekend.
What do you think? Would Charlize Theron have made a good Queen Hippolyta?