Adrianne Palicki is WONDER WOMAN in the new David E. Kelley TV series

Adrianne Palicki is WONDER WOMAN in the new David E. Kelley TV series



Ready for some new superhero news?  You may have already heard that David E. Kelley (of ALLY MCBEAL and BOSTON LEGAL fame) is writing and executive producing a new television version of WONDER WOMAN, based (of course) on the popular DC Comics character.  Today we know who take the mantle from the luscious Lynda Carter.  NBC’s FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Adrianne Palicki (who played Tyra Colette) has been cast in the lead role for the series, and at 5’11 she can pull off the imposing Amazon-esque presence the character needs.  Oddly enough, just one week ago we posted some new hi-res shots from the film ELEKTRA LUXX, one of which features Adrianne prominently.  I’ve actually hung out with Palicki before, and can honestly say (outside of being tall and beautiful) she’s a bit of a comic book fan and a lovely person to boot.  Some may not be aware, but this is not her first exposure to the DC Comics world.  Long before Laura Vandervoort came along, Adrianne played Kara/Lindsay Harrison (aka Supergirl) in the 2004 “Covenant” episode of SMALLVILLE.  It just so happens she has a Kryptonian ‘S” symbol tattoo just below the beltline… I’ve seen it, so there.  Here’s the official press release from Warner Bros. regarding the news:

Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights,” “Red Dawn”) will star in the title role of “Wonder Woman,” a new series pilot from David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law”).

The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman – a.k.a. Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. Kelley and Bill D’Elia (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice”) are the executive producers. The pilot was written by Kelley and will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s “The Event”). “Wonder Woman” is from David E. Kelley Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Palicki, who appeared as Tyra Collette in NBC’s acclaimed “Friday Night Lights,” will star in the upcoming feature-film remake of “Red Dawn.” She also starred in the horror film “Breaking the Girl” and in the recent series “Lone Star.”

The series calls for Adrianne to play the Wonder Woman role, along with two alter egos, one being Diana Themyscira – a CEO billionaire, and Diana’s “plain Jane” assistant, Diana Prince.  Supporting characters include Steve Trevor (who in this series is a lawyer for the Justice Department and former lover of the billionaire Diana), Themyscira Industries’ press secretary Mindy, and Veronica Cale – an evil scientist poised to be Wonder Woman’s primary adversary.  No word yet on who will play the supporting roles.

Palicki also recently starred in the critically-praised but short-lived Fox series LONE STAR, and the Paul Bettany avenging angel movie LEGION.  Just after the news broke, 1970’s series star Lynda Carter tweeted: “Congratulations, Adrianne!”  Bill D’Elia (Boston Legal) is also an executive producer on Wonder Woman, while Jeffrey Reiner (THE EVENT) is set to direct the new series pilot, with BOSTON LEGAL‘s Bill D’Elia also on board as an executive producer.  Sounds good to me, how about you?  Are you cool with Adrianne Palicki as WONDER WOMAN?  Tell us in the comments.

Source: HeroComplex and TVLine

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