Evangeline Lilly was once in consideration to tackle the role of Wonder Woman.
Years before Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley, the CW, and Zack Snyder tried their respective hands at bringing the iconic superhero back into the realm of live-action entertainment, the actress was in consideration for the role in different adaptation. Obviously, that project never came to fruition.
While promoting director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Evangeline Lilly told MTV News about the time she met with studio executives about possibly starring in the Wonder Woman movie.
“Wonder Woman was my favorite superhero as a little girl. And I actually went in and met on Wonder Woman at one point, before the thing kind of fell apart, [before] it was like ‘No way, it’s not going to happen.’ That was early-early, that was first season in ‘Lost’ before I’d kind of gone, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t know if I want to do this,'” Lilly explained.
She added, “I still have a huge girl crush on Wonder Woman, I think she’s amazing. Would I want to jump into a franchise like that at this point? I don’t know.”
The folks at Unleash the Fanboy theorize that Evangeline was probably approached to star in the adaptation of Wonder Woman that The Avengers director Joss Whedon was crafting back in the day. According to the website, Whedon was working on that project in 2005.
Evangeline Lilly isn’t the only actress in Hollywood who almost portrayed a live-action version of Wonder Woman. G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Adrianne Palicki played the character in David E. Kelley’s small-screen adaptation of the comic book. Although Kelley and company put together a pilot, the proposed show never made it to series.
During her chat with IGN, Palicki said playing Wonder Woman was one of the coolest things ever. The actress added that she was extremely devastated when the show wasn’t picked up.
She told the website:
“It was one of those things that was shocking. But in retrospect it was probably a blessing. It would’ve been a really hard thing to shoot. And I got to wear the costume — I should say, I got paid to wear the costume! So not many people get to say that. I’m really blessed to have gotten to do that and maybe someday down the line I’ll get to play that character or another awesome icon again.”
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