SALT LAKE CITY — There’s nothing funny about this rumor. Comic actress Kristen Wiig is reportedly in talks to be the new villain in the upcoming “Wonder Woman 2,” according to Deadline Hollywood.
Both Warner Bros. and DC are in negotiation stages with Wiig, who would play the villain Cheetah in the new movie, Deadline reported.
The sequel film will reunite Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and director Patty Jenkins. It’s set to take place during the 1980s Cold War era.
“Sounds like this will happen quickly, and a symbol of female empowerment gets a sequel where both main characters are women,” according to Deadline.
Deadline called the new movie a “top priority for Warner Bros.”
“Wonder Woman” has raked in more than $412 million domestically since it hit theaters in June 2017, according to Box Office Mojo. It has amassed more than $821 million worldwide.
The film earned a 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with an 88 percent audience score.
In November, multiple outlets reported that Gadot wouldn’t return to the sequel if the first film’s producer, Brett Ratner, stayed attached, according to the Deseret News.
Ratner, who has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by six women, funded the original “Wonder Woman” film and received millions of dollars for his efforts. Ratner’s RacPac-Dune Entertainment production company owns part of the film.
"She’s tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet," an unnamed source told Page Six. "She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women."
Warner Bros. called the rumors “false,” saying that they already cut ties with RatPac Entertainment.
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“At the end of the day, a lot has been written about my views and the way that I feel, and everyone knows the way that I feel because I’m not hiding anything,” Gadot said on "The Today Show" in November of last year. “But the truth is, there’s so many people involved in making this movie, and they all echo the same sentiments. Everyone knew what was the right thing to do. But there was nothing for me to actually come and say because it was already done before this article came out.”