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Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki has landed the lead in David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman revival for NBC, Variety reports.
The 27-year-old actress will play corporate executive Diana Themyscira, who fights crime in Los Angeles as Wonder Woman while maintaining a third, secret identity as Diana Prince. The DC Comics superheroine was last seen on live-action television in 1979, when she was famously portrayed by Lynda Carter. According to Deadline, Palicki was the only actress invited to test for the role.
Announced in October, Kelley’s reboot hit a snag early last month when all the networks passed on his script. However, NBC, now under new president of programming Bob Greenblatt, surprised virtually everyone about four weeks ago when it ordered the pilot. It will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner, a co-executive producer of Friday Night Lights.
Palicki, who played Tyra Collette on the first three seasons of that acclaimed NBC series, is no stranger to superhero adaptations: She was the evil Siren in the ill-fated Aquaman pilot. She also portrayed Sam Winchester’s doomed girlfriend in the pilot episode of Supernatural, and appeared in Fox’s short-lived drama Lone Star. Palicki co-stars in the upcoming remake of Red Dawn.
And in case you’re wondering, her IMDb.com biography says she’s 5’11”.
Here, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, is NBC’s official description for Wonder Woman:
The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman — a.k.a. Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. Kelley and Bill D’Elia (Boston Legal, The Practice) are the executive producers. The pilot was written by Kelley and will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s The Event). Wonder Woman is from David E. Kelley Productions and Warner Bros. Television.