Adrianne Palicki will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming TV pilot for NBC. Made famous by Lynda Carter’s portrayal of the blue-eyed, dark-haired superwoman in the 1970’s, David E. Kelley, who created hit shows such as The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public and Boston Legal, has scripted the latest version of the Amazonian DC Comics superheroine. Former Friday Night Lights director Jeffrey Reiner has also been chosen to direct Wonder Woman.
How will the new Wonder Woman compare to the original, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman? That series had much success in the 70’s, running for three seasons and spurring a made-for-TV movie, The New, Original Wonder Woman.
“I had a lot of fun writing it,” said Kelley, who also happens to be married to Michelle Pfeiffer. “It’s a huge project, and it was probably a bit too much to ask anyone to try to chew on it for next season. But I’m confident it will still happen. It’s a very complicated piece, which is the most fun thing about it.”
The original casting sheet described Wonder Woman/Diana Prince as being in her “late 20s to 30s. A kick-ass Superhero-Powerful C.E.O-A vulnerable woman. Long flowing black hair, black eyes. Amazon-like, muscular, an Olympian. The charismatic stage presence of a rock star. A crime fighter. Also, a real woman who yearns to live a normal life. She is accessible and appealing to all people, men and women alike.”