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Pedro Pascal has signed on to join Gal Gadot in WONDER WOMAN 2, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Of course, the big question surrounding the sequel is whether we’ll see Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor return… and I’m beginning to think we will. But let’s back up first.
Patty Jenkins is coming back to direct and produce the Wonder Woman sequel, which will feature Kristen Wiig as the villain Cheetah. Jenkins also co-wrote the script with Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham, though official plot details are being kept under wraps. All we really know at this point is that Warner Bros. will release the film on Nov. 1, 2019, and it’ll be set during the Cold War as Diana takes on adversaries from the Soviet Union.
That said, I’m confident that we’ll see Connie Nielsen, Lisa Loven Kongsli and Doutzen Kroes return as Amazonians Hippolyta, Menalippe and Venelia, respectively, and I think you can also count on cameos from Ewen Bremner and Said Taghmaoui as Charlie and Sameer.
If I had to wager a guess, I’d say that Pascal is playing a slippery conman known in the script as Rex, who’s the only new male character that could really be described as a lead in the sequel. Also, the studio was looking to make a diverse hire for that role, and Pascal fits the bill, as he’s Chilean-American. Of course, there’s a chance he could be playing an intimidating American businessman, but that’s a relatively small role that wouldn’t necessarily require a rising star of Pascal’s caliber.
And now, we circle back to Steve Trevor, who died off-screen when his plane exploded at the end of Wonder Woman. But did we see a body? No. And even if we did, this is the DCEU we’re talking about here. They could bring back anybody at anytime with one of those magic box things from Justice League… I think. All I know is, WB still has an option on Pine, people have been very cagey about the actor’s summer plans, and there’s nothing on his schedule that would immediately rule out another round of ass-kicking with Gadot. I can’t say for sure that Pine will be back, but I’m pretty sure something is up. I just can’t wait to see how they explain that one, if it happens.
Pascal’s movie career has really taken off lately, following his star-making turns on HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s drug drama Narcos. He recently starred in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and he has another sequel on the way in The Equalizer 2. The actor is currently filming Triple Frontier with Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac, and he’ll soon be seen in Barry Jenkins’ drama If Beale Street Could Talk, as well as the sci-fi movie Prospect, which just premiered at SXSW.
Two interesting things to note here: Pascal previously starred in NBC’s 2011 Wonder Woman pilot starring Adrianne Palicki, and he previously worked with Jenkins on the 2015 TV movie Exposed. The actor is represented by WME and Untitled, and his casting was first reported by Variety.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief