Kate Beckinsale claims she was asked to play Wonder Woman many years before Gal Gadot
However, the actress is glad that the movie never got made as it would have been an embarrassment based on the script she had read
Kate Beckinsale has revealed that she was attached to the 'Wonder Woman' project when it was still in its early stages of development. She claims that she was asked to play the role of Wonder Woman several years before Gal Gadot took on the role.
As reported by Variety, Beckinsale shared, "Yes, there was a period of time, a long time ago, when Joel Silver was involved with it". Silver has been known to produce several huge action movies such as 'Lethal Weapon', 'The Matrix', and 'Predator'. However, despite this, Kate had her doubts and suspected that Silver's version would have turned out to be an embarrassment. "It would have been a terrible movie based on the script that I read," she said.
Almost a decade later, Hollywood finally narrowed down to the right script and the right director, Patty Jenkins. They were also able to find the right actress -- Gal Gadot, a former soldier and also Miss Israel. "That was a wonderful film that Gal did," Kate added. The movie was also a huge success and earned an estimated $800 million worldwide. A sequel to the movie is due to be released in November 2019.
Kate had made a name for herself as an actress when she performed in Sir Kenneth Branagh's 'Much Ado About Nothing' when she was studying French and Russian literature at New College in Oxford. She has also played the very attractive vampire soldier in the Underworld franchise. She is supposed to be returning for a sixth film in the series next year. She has currently taken some time off movies to look after her daughter Lily whom she had with Michael Sheen.
She shared that it is the script or the director that propels her to take up a project, even if it is a small budget project rather than something large scale like a blockbuster. "I've done indie movies where I'm sitting on a piece of folded carpet and it was wonderful. I've done great big movies that were the worst misery of my life. It all depends," Kate shared.
"At university, I never studied drama, so I always felt like from the beginning of my career that it was an apprenticeship. That freed me up to try a lot of things. It gave me a lot of latitude. I started out in the indie space. I never anticipated doing one of those heavy-weight, very physical franchise things. It was scary to see myself on movie posters on the side of every single bus," she added.