DRIVE Director Nicolas Winding Refn Wants Christina Hendricks for WONDER WOMAN

     June 20, 2011


Director Nicolas Winding Refn is currently receiving rave reviews for his latest film Drive, which just played unbelievably well at the Los Angeles Film Festival (our own Ramses calls it one of the best films of the year). While at the festival, he was asked about his version of Wonder Woman that he’s been trying to get off the ground for a couple of years now. When talking about the superhero flick, he added that Christina Hendricks—who has a supporting role in Drive—would be his top choice for the titular role (via Vulture): “If I get to do it, she’s going to be it.”

While no Wonder Woman film is currently in development at Warner Bros., Refn is certainly building up quite the resume, so he may just get the chance to take on the character sometime down the road. And Hendricks is certainly up for it, as she told Rachel Ray last year, “I’ve been wanting to wear that outfit my whole life.” Refn is currently looking to make the tentpole remake of Logan’s Run his next film, with Ryan Gosling set to star. Hit the jump to read some of Refn’s previous thoughts about his take on Wonder Woman.

wonder-woman-imageAfter David E. Kelley’s television version of Wonder Woman that thankfully never made it to series, it’s probably safe to say that the character’s in a severe need for a reboot. Last year, Refn talked a bit about his adaptation (via The Playlist):

“I guess one of the aims I am having, but at the very early stage, I always wanted to do Wonder Woman as a feature film…I would say that Wonder Woman is probably something that, to me, would be not just a satisfaction, but almost a [catharsis], and I was born to make it.”

I think Hendricks is inspired casting. She’s strong and carries an air of independence, not to mention the fact that she’s a fantastic actress. While we’re probably a ways off from even knowing if Refn’s version is a possibility, it certainly doesn’t hurt that his first big-budget project, Logan’s Run, is set up at Warner Bros.

  • nelson

    the thing is her voice is very wrong for wonder woman

    Hendricks has a very girly high pitched voice

    • Alex–

      Well actors should be able to lower their voices for the role. In the case of Hendricks we are talking a total transformation. Different body language, facial expressions, poses and of course voice.

      Nothing comical though, but a lower voice is needed. I think a feminine voice is fine if it has the acting quality to go with it. But generally speaking nothing says masculinity and power than a lower voice. Both nothing says transvestite more than a lower voice too, so there needs to be a balance.

  • Jay-Me-Dee

    Not sure about the casting choice. Doesn’t SEEM to be a good fit for WW.

    She’s too subdued in Mad Men to get a feel for it…great actress, but she doesn’t scream “Amazonian Warrior”

  • Nate

    If anybody could actually make this property work on film, it’s this guy. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite director’s working today. I’d also like to say that Christina Hendricks has lovely funbags. Yup.

  • J Dog

    Watch Christine Hendricks in Firefly. She could do the action Heroine thing no problem.

    • joerobot

      This ^

    • kungfukid

      plus her screen presence there is very strong. and it’s not just her boobies(although that too has a very strong screen presence), but her face, and her acting.

      the best episodes of Firefly are with hers. especially her first episode there. man, give this woman an A list status.. SHE DESERVES IT!

  • zootcatchy

    hendricks is NO WONDER WOMAN.
    and i personally cant imagine refn filming logan’s run.. especially with gosling starring in it. its not for them. logan’s run doesnt need a remake.

  • JLC

    Put Hendricks in the WW costume and you will break the internet.

    • zootcatchy

      she won’t fit in

    • Brenno

      lol’d hard.

      BRB hendricks in a ww costume *fap fap fap fap*

  • Ringbearer1420

    The only woman for the role. Especially given how most women in comic book movies are patheticlly cast.

  • Elitist Prick

    Great idea is great. Hendricks might be “subdued” in her actions in Mad Men, but she’s still completely in charge of every situation her character is in and every scene she acts in. As said before, if Firefly is any indication, she could do the same type of thing in a big action scene.

    Also, hahaha@”Put Hendricks in the WW costume and you will break the internet.”

  • Vince

    WB/DC has been talking about a WW film for years at one point a director wanted Sandra Bullock (give me a break, the jerk) then we almost had a new show which the idiots at NBC turned down.
    MARVEL is cleaning up with one or two or more films a year and all WB/DC gives us is tried old Batman, a new Superman with a mis casted Kevin Spacy and oh yes and at last GL.
    We’ll still waiting on THE FLASH

  • LAME

    Forget Wonder Woman. She would be a perfect Power Girl.

    • Migz13

      I already see two reasons why…

  • Ki2323

    I love, love Christina Hendricks but it aint gonna happen.

    This is not the most PC thing to say, but physically her a$$ is just too big to be putting into a WW costume.

    (Not that there’s anything wrong with her assets, believe me)
    She’d really have to bulk up in other areas and lose weight in areas that most fellas would prefer she didn’t.

    It would just look plain awkward and borderline burlesque.

  • Ashanti

    She would be great! Broad shoulders, full hips and full bosomed women everywhere will want to buy whatever is holding her down though all of those stunts!