Could this 'Game of Thrones' actor be Wonder Woman’s new love interest?
Pedro Pascal, best known to fans as Oberyn Martell on 'Game of Thrones,' has a mysterious new role in the 'Wonder Woman' sequel.
Variety is reporting that Chilean-American star Pedro Pascal has agreed to play what's described as a "key role" in the film. While the actor has previously been seen in dramas like "Narcos" and films like "Kingsmen: The Golden Circle," it was his sexually-charged charm as Oberyn Martell (aka, The Red Viper of Dorne) on "Thrones" that fans best remember him for.
This reveal comes only a few weeks after director Patty Jenkins announced that American comedian Kristen Wiig would be digging her claws into the villainous Cheetah. The question now becomes what role Pascal will be asked to play opposite Wonder Woman, portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot. Jenkins has already made clear that this will be a fresh adventure and not just some rehash of the original, so what character could the former Red Viper of Dorne tickle us all as? Let's examine some possibilities below.
Wonder Woman's new love interest
While there's talk of Steve Trevor, played by American actor Chris Pine, returning as Wonder Woman's main squeeze, it's going to take some serious suspension of disbelief for that to have any shot of actually happening. For one, Steve Trevor was blown to millions of little pieces in the first film. Second, with rumors persisting that the sequel will be set during the Cold War of the 1980s, he would be pushing 80 years old. The only true option is for Pine to play a great grandson of Trevor; which could reasonably explain the physical similarities.
Barring all of the above, Pascal could quite easily fill the role of love interest in Jenkins' storyline. Filming is reported to start in June in and around the Washington, D.C. area, so Pascal's character could also be that of a rumored government agent tasked with helping Diana Prince take down a foreign threat. Could their pairing to defend freedom turn into something more? As long as he's spared the gruesome fate his character met at the hand of The Mountain on "Thrones," this is certainly one coupling we wouldn't mind seeing heat up the DC Comics franchise.
A plant god
Similar to American actor Josh Brolin's performance as the CGI villain Thanos in Marvel's film, it's possible that Pascal could take on the role of the evil plant god Urzkartaga. This ancient deity, worshipped for centuries by a tribe of African women, is responsible in the DC Comics for transforming Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva into the supervillain Cheetah.
Before you toss this idea out the window, it's quite possible that Pascal would jump at the chance to portray a larger-than-life evil. Like the previous "Wonder Woman," we also know that Jenkins isn't afraid to bake more than one villain into the script. And then there's the technology, with significant advancements made in recent years to accurately capture the performances of actors playing CGI characters.
According to "Avengers: Infinity War" co-director Anthony Russo, every twitch or muscle movement made by Brolin was transferred to his computer-generated big bad. "Our visual effects team is very excited about it," he told ComicBook.com. "Again, having such a cursory view of the character in the past, it's almost like now, we get to do the flip side of that, where you're going to see every little vein in his face, and every little twitch that Josh does. It's a very, very intimate portrayal and performance."
Colonel Andres Cadulo
Of all the characters to interact with both Wonder Woman and Cheetah in the comics, perhaps none looks more like Pascal than the villainous Colonel Andres Cadulo.
Featured in the DC Comics' "Rebirth" series, a recent line-wide relaunch of every hero from Batman to Superman to Wonder Woman, Cadulo serves the plant god Urzkartaga. His role is to abduct young women and turn them into servants for the evil deity. In the comics, he plots to become the living vessel of Urzkartaga by attempting to sacrifice Steve Trevor. Ultimately, he's stopped by both Wonder Woman and Cheetah.
If we had to guess, it's very possible that Pascal was offered the chance to play the duplicitous and charming Colonel Cadulo and absolutely jumped at it. After what we saw from his character's fighting skills on "Thrones," it would also be quite the showdown between him, Wonder Woman, and Cheetah.
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