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Elizabeth Hurley Will Play Villain In David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman

NBC’s Wonder Woman revival apparently has landed its villain, in the form of English actress and model Elizabeth Hurley.

“Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman,” she wrote early this morning on Twitter. “I’ll be playing the evil villain. Can’t wait.” Presumably she means Veronica Cale, who in David E. Kelley’s script is an evil scientist and business rival to Adrianne Palicki’s Wonder Woman/Diana Themyscira.

Created by Greg Rucka as a “Lex Luthor for Diana,” the character was introduced in November 2003’s Wonder Woman #196 as a co-founder of Cale-Anderson Pharmaceuticals who, after working so hard to attain that position, resented Wonder Woman’s simplistic message and the ease with which she found acceptance in Patriarch’s World. Cale attempted to turn the media against the superheroine, going so far as to ally herself with Doctor Psycho and Circe.

Hurley, 45, is best known for playing Vanessa in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and the Devil in Bedazzled.

Kelley’s pilot is described as a reinvention of Wonder Woman, who’s recast as a successful corporate executive who fights crime in Los Angeles while trying to balance the elements of her extraordinary life. Kelley and Bill D’Elia (Boston Legal, The Practice) are the executive producers. The pilot will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s The Event).


  • Mark

    How many nails do we need to put in this coffin

  • Dawnell_do

    I think Elizabeth is hot as hell (didn’t know Elizabeth was 45), but she doesn’t like look Veronica Cale too me.

  • Michael Sacal

    I recently read that the pilot script is being revised (I don’t recall where I read that). Anyone know if there’s any truth to that? (though the only probable revisions are to take out the curse words).

  • Whatever

    Why can’t Wonder Woman fight a real supervillain bent on world conquest and/or mass destruction instead of someone obsessed with her own looks/status?

  • Michael Sacal

    Becuase it’s 2011, not 1961. The Silver Age ended a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago.

  • PixelPusher

    They’ve made nothing but good casting choices so far. Hurley will make for a great villainess. Super excited about this show now…

  • demoncat_4

    interesting casting choice for always thought Liz would be interesting as a super villain on film. and glad i am not the only one who thought Veronica Cale was suppose to be wonder woman’s version of Lex luthor.

  • Camarocoupe

    when does the wonder woman movie come out?

  • lead sharp

    The only thing this woman is any good at is wearing a dress that almost wasn’t there.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like pandering garbage.

  • Chris Buckley

    Decent cast, hideous premise. Can’t say I’m looking forward to this.

  • lordish

    Liz Hurley sounds like a great choice. She’s done a lot of Brit TV (Sharpe’s Enemy) and can play smoothly evil very well. Of course she still looks awesome. If the show sticks, Liz will be a fine villian.

  • Nave ‘Torment’

    Sounds great, can’t wait to see this. WONDER WOMAN RETURNS TO LIVE-ACTION TV!

    Hurley makes a brilliant series antagonist, she brings both a sense of celeb-dom as well as experience to the role, not to mention an almost eternally youthful quality. Seriously, she looks just as gorgeous, if not more, as she was 12 years ago! If that isn’t an Amazonian trait I don’t know what is.

    I just don’t think her role should be Veronica Cale, as the article suggests, it’s still a speculation. The rumours have spread like wildfire that Cale is the role she will play, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. She should be Circe, that mythical enchantress (one of the few from Greek mythology) who doubles as Wonder Woman’s true Lex Luthor rather than some corporate media monger. Circe’s history with the Amazons make her a great villain choice as well for a Wonder Woman who has settled in LA.