Gal Gadot and Chris Pine star in ‘Wonder Woman,’ directed by Patty Jenkins. Warner Bros.
The Wonder Woman sequel already had its star and a release date. Now it’s filled the director’s chair with the only woman for the job.
Filmmaker Patty Jenkins will be back to join actress Gal Gadot for Wonder Woman 2, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it. Variety first reported the finalized deal for the follow-up, slated to hit theaters on Dec. 13, 2019.
Jenkins’ return seemed like a formality after the huge reception Wonder Woman had this summer: It was the biggest hit domestically, with $410.5 million, and ranks as the No. 2 movie of 2017 (behind Beauty and the Beast‘s $504 million).
One film that she probably won’t direct now: Star Wars: Episode IX. She was one of the high-profile possibilities following the departure last week of Colin Trevorrow, though that movie’s release date (May 24, 2019) makes her involvement seem unlikely.
‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins says her military dad taught her the highs and lows of heroism. (June 1) AP