Zack Snyder Convinced Patty Jenkins to Cast Connie Nielsen in Wonder Woman

According to actor Connie Nielsen, it was Justice League director Zack Snyder who helped her land the role of Queen Hippolyta in 2017’s Wonder Woman.

“It’s funny because it was Zack Snyder who was the one who kept saying to Patty [Jenkins], ‘I really think you should meet with Connie Nielsen,'” the actor said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Jenkins was unsure if Nielsen was right for the role but decided to meet her for lunch at Snyder’s urging. “I just immediately fell into this comrades-in-arms kind of feeling with her, and we just bonded over the next four hours,” Nielsen added.

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Nielsen appeared as Diana Prince’s mother, Queen Hippolyta, in the DC Extended Universe’s first Wonder Woman film and would later reprise her role in 2017’s Justice League. She is also set to appear in Wonder Woman 1984 and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Wonder Woman 1984 will show Gal Gadot’s return to the role of Diana Prince and will also feature an appearance by Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor. Meanwhile, Maxwell Lord and Barbara Ann Minvera/Cheetah are set to be the film’s main antagonists.

Directed and co-written by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal and Natasha Rothwell. The film hits theaters on August 14.

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Wonder Woman 1984's Connie Nielsen shared the story of how Zack Snyder helped her get cast in Wonder Woman.

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