Evangeline Lilly Rejected Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman


Can you imagine Evangeline Lilly roping Wonder Woman’s Lasso Of Truth and interrogating a thug in a scene that Joss Whedon is filming? Apparently, by some force of nature or perhaps in another dimension, universe or realm, it could have happened. That is, if that version of Lilly accepted that version of Whedon’s offer.

While tens of tens of actresses would love to have been at the receiving end of that offer, Lilly did not find the idea of being the Amazon Princess, Daughter of Zeus, appealing. In fact, neither did she find it interesting to be a mutant. She also reveals that she has turned Hugh Jackman’s proposition to be part of the X-Men.

Unbelievable? But, yes, the actress has shared the two instances to be true. Furthermore, she discloses that she didn’t find Whedon’s offer appealing.

Evangeline Lilly Says No To Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman

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In a report from Variety, the actress readily rejected an offer to be Diana Prince. Prior to the blockbuster 2017 Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine that Patty Jenkins helmed, the film incubated so long in development since the 1990s. Many names ran through it, such as Ivan Reitman, Jon Cohen, and Todd Alcott, until Whedon before it landed on Jenkins in 2015.

With that timeframe, Whedon could have given that offer around the same time Lilly was up for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in 2013 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014.

Imagine having the choice between such mammoth franchises. But comparatively speaking, during those years, it’s understandable that, if the actress had the choice, she would choose Peter Jackson’s live-action adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic. The actress shared:

It didn’t appeal and there was nothing about the meeting that like, jazzed me or made me think like, ‘Oh, I’ve gotta do this.’ Nothing clicked. Nothing felt good.

Neither did the actress go out of her way to soften the rejection. She continued:

I am way too authentic for my own good. I mean, it’s not good. If I am not impressed, you’ll know. And maybe you shouldn’t know sometimes.

Even in that circumstance, the actress felt that Whedon did not take the rejection lightly. She maintains:

I was okay with that. I was okay with burning bridges. I was okay with not having everyone in Hollywood wanna work with me…I just always had to do what felt right for me,. And honestly I wasn’t into superhero movies and that’s the main reason why, in both of these instances, I just kind of felt like I don’t know what I get out of this.

Evangeline Lilly Didn’t Find Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman Appealing

Evangeline Lilly Turned Down Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman

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Then finally, Ant-Man came along and evidently changed her mind about superhero movies. Maybe it was the right time with the right story for Lilly. Certainly, it captured her interest to join Marvel Studios’ roster of talents. Other than the Ant-Man trilogy that is now completed with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, she still appears in other titles as the character.

Maybe it’s also the promise of continuity. Many, if not nearly all, actors would love to be in the MCU nowadays. Even then, especially during Phase 3, Marvel was all the craze. And established as it is now, Marvel poses to be a viable addition to any actor’s portfolio.

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