Why Kate Beckinsale Turned Down the Role of Wonder Woman

08/10/2017

The English actress was on Warner Bros.' radar for a very different incarnation of the character well over a decade ago...

 

According to Yahoo! Movies, Kate Beckinsale was previously considered for the role of Diana Prince in Wonder Woman during the 2000s when the London born performer was fresh off her debut turn in the dark fantasy franchise Underworld. However, Beckinsale was apparently less than eager to take on another action-heavy role at the time. Her casting was buoyed by speculation, rumors, and our capacity in 2006 to still be susceptible to online April Fool’s pranks, but Beckinsale confirmed she was at least reading what Warners was selling. “But the incarnations that I was seeing were…They weren’t this one [the 2017 film].”

Kate Beckinsale added that she was not eager to don another tight outfit after Underworld:

“I don’t know if I was desperate to be in a leotard. I’d already done the rubber trousers. You have to take in that you have a child at some point and how much could you possibly embarrass them.”

Although she never got to play Wonder Woman, Beckinsale did say that she's a fan of the character's standalone movie and how many doors it has opened for female heroines. "You know, Wonder Woman smacked everybody at the box office," she said. "That's normal to [my daughter's generation] and that feels like a short period of time for quite a big change. It's nice to have been part of moving that needle. It's nice to have that." 

Beckinsale wrapped up her four-film, decade-and-a-half run as Selene with last year’s Underworld: Blood Wars but says she’d be game for more action… even if she detests to what it takes to stay in action shape. “I always am [in shape]. But you know you get a little but more anxious if you’ve got a skin-tight suit and got to jump off a building. You step up the cardio a bit,” she said. “I hate working out by the way, I hate it. I like sitting down and reading.”

Following her last outing as an action franchise star in Underworld: Blood Wars last year, Beckinsale appears perfectly content to appear in more straightforward dramas for the time begin. On that note, fans can look forward to the actress’ next starring turn in The Only Living Boy in New York this week, though here’s to hoping that action movie fans haven’t seen the last of her quite yet, either.