Warner Bros. and The CW have quietly begun the casting process for their new “Wonder Woman” pilot. We’re not sure why, because obviously the role was made for Phoebe Tonkin, but the casting call for the lead character does make for an interesting read, particularly if you’re a fan of the original DC Comics heroine.
Previously, Wonder Woman’s given name has been Diana Prince. She’s an Amazon from the peaceful, idyllic Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island. The CW’s new origin story reinvents her as Iris, a young woman raised as a warrior. Instead of a lasso of truth, she’s got an innate ability to tell when people are lying. Despite her rough upbringing, she’s an optimist and a romantic… with a few awkward social quirks.
Executive producer Allan Heinberg, who also wrote Wonder Woman #1-4 for DC Comics, along with several other DC Comics projects, is looking for an actress who is taller than 5’8″ and in her early-to-mid 20s to take on the iconic role. The full casting breakdown is below.
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“This series lead comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted – and just as often horrified – by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating – and sometimes slightly troubling – to her.
Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see – and things to learn – and people to care for.
Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic – and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.”
UPDATE: The lead character in the project, which will be titled “Amazon,” is indeed Diana Prince. According to Deadline, the name “Iris” was used to draw attention away from the casting sides. Oops.