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Christina Hendricks on the Wonder Woman casting talk: “I’d do it in a heartbeat”


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“Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn has made it clear on several occasions that he’d love to cast “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks as the lead in a “Wonder Woman” movie. And though Warner Bros. has yet to give him (or Hendricks) the all-important call, that hasn’t stopped both filmmaker and actress from reiterating their fondness for the character.

During this weekend’s premiere of Hendrick’s new film, “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” Vulture got the chance to pick her brain about all the “Wonder Woman” talk, and find out what sort of take she’d like to give the iconic Amazon.

“I grew up on the TV show, and I had Wonder Woman Underoos, and my brother had a Wonder Woman doll,” laughed Hendricks. “And Nicolas said, when we were on set for [‘Drive’], ‘I want you to be Wonder Woman.'”

“I think he is such an extraordinary and exceptional director, that if he asked me to do it, I would do it in a heartbeat,” she continued.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Hendricks’ name has been mentioned in connection with Wonder Woman. When Joss Whedon was originally planning a “Wonder Woman” movie, Hendricks was one of his favored actresses for the role, too.

“I’d like to think that Joss would have cast me,” said Hendricks. “I’m excited to see what he does with ‘The Avengers.’ Hopefully the stars would align [for ‘Wonder Woman’]. It would be really fun. It would be cool, wouldn’t it? I’d get to kick ass.”

Asked whether Hendricks envisioned her version of Wonder Woman as the modern, flashy version of the character or the metaphor-laden, heroic bondage queen she was initially conceived as by William Moulton Marston, Hendricks played it safe and deferred to Refn.

“I would certainly do what Nicolas wanted to do, and I can only guess what his version would be, but as I grew up with and am now married to a comic book fan, I think it’s important to be true to the original comic books,” she explained. “I should probably start reading them, so that if someone were to ask me [to be in the movie], I would be fully prepared.”

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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