Did Charlize Theron Really Turn Down ‘Wonder Woman’?

Wonder Woman is the power girl of the century. Many are looking forward to seeing Gal Gadot play the character when the new movie is released in 2020. But, did we almost have a very different Wonder Woman?

The role may have been offered to someone else first. Was the South African, blonde bombshell, Charlize Theron really almost Wonder Woman? Keep reading to find out.

Charlize Theron’s career

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron | VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

South African born, Theron started her career as a ballet dancer. According to IMDb, she danced in Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, before traveling to the United States to pursue an acting career.

She is most known for her roles as Candy in The Cider House Rules, Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman and as the serial killer, Aileen Wuornos in Monster. Theron was almost unrecognizable during her role as Wuornos, thanks to prosthetic face changes that made her look more like the real woman the story was written about.

The role won her worldwide recognition and an Oscar for her performance. Theron can also be seen in magazines and billboards, as the face of J’adore perfume, by Christian Dior.

Charlize Theron’s possible role in ‘Wonder Woman’

During an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Theron revealed that she was considered for the movie Wonder Woman. However, it wasn’t for the role of Wonder Woman herself, it was for Wonder Woman’s mom.

Theron had this to say:

“This is a great example of how Hollywood like slaps you in the face when you start aging. And I was like, ‘I’m not familiar with it. What does Wonder Woman really do?’ And this person said, ‘No, it’s for Wonder Woman’s mom.’ It was the defining moment when I crossed over. And I was fully aware of it.”

Some have criticized Theron’s response to being asked to play an older character. After all, Theron is 43 years old, and so technically old enough to have a daughter in her 20’s. Adrienne Houghton, co-host of The Real commented, “I don’t think someone’s always trying to insult you if they’re asking you to play older. Older doesn’t mean worse.”

If Theron had accepted the role, it would have meant a chance to work with director Patty Jenkins again. Theron previously said, “Look, I would love to work with her again,” referring to Jenkins, who also directed Theron’s performance in Monster. “I had such an incredible time. I trusted her from the first time I met her. That’s a big thing for an actor, to be able to trust your director that way and she just never disappointed.”

What’s next for Charlize Theron?

Theron can currently been seen in the movie, Long Shot, with co-star Seth Rogan. Universal is also considering Theron for a Fast and Furious spinoff, set around the character Cipher, which Theron played in The Fate of the Furious.

While there are rumors that she may have started a relationship with fellow actor, Brad Pitt, Theron told ET in April that she’s been single for 10 years. “Someone just needs to grow a pair and step up,” she said. “I’m shockingly available.”

In an entertaining twist, a Virginia theater owner decided to take Theron’s words to heart, and “step up.” Prompted by her interview, the man wrote a message just for Theron on his Theater’s marquee that reads, “Charlize Theron- I’m stepping up for a date,” along with his phone number.

No word yet on if Theron has seen the message or responded in any way. Maybe he’s her soul mate? Who knows, but if Theron really is dating Brad Pitt, he has some tough competition.