Before Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman, rumors about actresses who could be/would be playing the character — including names like Gina Carano — used to be regular fan speculation game. Charlize Theron was certainly one of those choices as well, and now comes news that she, in fact, turned down a role in the movie — just not the role of Diana.
While appearing on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live talk show, Theron revealed that her potential role would have been Wonder Woman’s mother, Hippolyta.
In Theron’s words:
“This is a great of example of how Hollywood slaps you in the face when you start aging. So somebody had said to me, ‘Oh, there’s action on this thing, Wonder Woman — we just want to make you aware of it.’ And I was like, ‘I’m just not familiar with it … I mean, what does Wonder Woman do?’ And this person said, ‘No, it’s for Wonder Woman’s mom.’ … It was the defining moment where I crossed over, and I wasn’t fully aware of it.”
Theron is nine years older than Gal Gadot, and ten years younger than the eventual Hippolyta, Connie Nielsen.
You can see the Watch What Happens Live segment where Charlize Theron answers a listener’s Wonder Woman question here.