'Game of Thrones' star to be new villain in 'Wonder Woman' sequel
An actor mostly known for his work on HBO and Netflix is joining Gal Gadot on the big screen.
When the sequel to 2017's "Wonder Woman" arrives in theaters in June, 2020, fans will notice a few differences. Mainly, the action will have time-shifted from the years surrounding World War I to the totally tubular era of the 1980s. Another difference? Fans will want to use the superhero's magic lasso to rein in a couple of new villains. Previous reports from the Washington, D.C. movie set have already informed us about Cheetah, to be played by American actress and former "Saturday Night Live" star Kristen Wiig.
Now comes word of yet another villain: Max Lord, a corrupt and powerful businessman. In the D.C. comic book on which the movie is based, Lord had special powers – like the ability to telepathically influence people's minds. Using his powers apparently causes his nose to bleed, an annoying side effect also shared by one of the main characters on "Stranger Things."
Lord's role has been previously portrayed on television by Gil Bellows and Peter Facinelli. The character will be marking his cinematic debut with the new film, with Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal being cast in the role. Fans of "Game of Thrones" will remember Pascal as the hot-headed playboy prince known as the Red Viper. He was a member of the 2014 cast that won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
The 44-year-old Pascal has also been a staple on Netflix as of late, starring in the hit series "Narcos" as well as the Ben Affleck heist movie "Triple Frontier" – both for the streaming giant. But his upcoming role in the "Wonder Woman" sequel will certainly catapult him to a new level of stardom, as it did for the film's star, Israeli actress Gal Gadot. The original movie was ranked one of the best superhero films of all time and smashed a host of records.
Gadot, 34, is now one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood and is currently juggling multiple projects – including an action thriller with Dwayne Johnson and a biopic about Hedy Lamarr. She has also opened a film production company with her husband, Yaron Varsano.
If you're a Pascal fan and can't wait until next summer's release of "Wonder Woman 1984," there's no need to worry. He can next be seen in the "Star Wars" spinoff "The Mandalorian" on the new Disney+ streaming service which launches in November. He plays the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. "It is totally overwhelming," he said of carrying the beloved sci-fi franchise on his shoulders.
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