Wonder Woman 2 director Patty Jenkins has officially confirmed that Kristen Wiig is playing the sequel’s main villain, Cheetah. The Oscar-nominated Wiig was reported as having entered talks for the Wonder Woman villain role near the end of last month. This was shortly after a separate report emerged, claiming that Cheetah would indeed serve as the primary antagonist in the Wonder Woman sequel.
Jenkins is returning to helm the second Wonder Woman movie after her work on the first installment, with Gal Gadot similarly reprising her role as Diana of Themyscira. Wonder Woman costars Chris Pine, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Ewen Bremner are reportedly lining up to return for the sequel too, though that has yet to be officially announced. That makes Wiig the second cast member to officially join the project, after Gadot.
It was Jenkins who confirmed the news about Wiig playing Cheetah, via a post to her verified Twitter account. You can read the post in full, below:
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
The Wonder Woman 2 screenplay by Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Godzilla) is based on a story that Jenkins helped write, and reportedly takes place during the Cold War circa the 1980s. It has further been reported that Wonder Woman 2 will feature the Barbara Ann Minerva version of Cheetah from the DC Comics universe. The character has served as the villain on the printed page since DC underwent its New 52 reboot back in 2011, though she was first introduced in 1987.