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Christina Hendricks wants you to know she'd be perfectly happy to swap that practical gold necklace with the pen (her signature accessory as hyper-efficient office manager Joan on 'Mad Men') for a golden lasso. She's game to play Wonder Woman.
Away from her day job on the AMC series, Hendricks' movie career is heating up. She has two films opening this weekend and a third in the can. About the only way it could get hotter is if she were cast as the lead in a superhero franchise. Which is what her 'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn would like to do.
He's spoken often about how much he'd like to make a Wonder Woman movie and cast the Amazonian Hendricks as the superheroine. Now, Hendricks has finally responded. In an interview with New York Magazine's Vulture blog, she said of Winding Refn's offer, "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."
In addition to the crime drama 'Drive,' Hendricks stars in the chick flick 'I Don't Know How She Does It,' where she plays a comic best-friend role opposite Sarah Jessica Parker. Her part in 'Drive' isn't large, but she said she lobbied for it anyway because of her admiration for Winding Refn, whose cult hit 'Bronson' so "floored" her that she decided, "I want to work with this guy. I don't care what it is." As for what his vision for Wonder Woman would be, she said, "I can only guess what his version would be. Still, she said, "I would certainly do what Nicolas wanted to do."
Winding Refn isn't the first director to try to fit Hendricks into that eagle-adorned bustier. Joss Whedon, who directed her on TV's 'Firefly,' also considered Hendricks for Wonder Woman during his abortive attempt to adapt the DC Comics title into a film. "I'd like to think that Joss would have cast me! I also loved working with Joss," she said. "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."
Hendricks has long wanted to try a role that would let her kick ass. "I always wanted to do a movie where I had to learn kung-fu for three months," she said in an interview last year. "Where if someone made you do it, you could do it."
Of course, there's the small catch that Winding Refn isn't actually making a Wonder Woman movie, at least not yet. Warner Bros. hasn't asked him to try, though he has said that he'll get a shot at his dream project if he does well on the upcoming Warners reboot of 'Logan's Run.' "I think someone said to me in a meeting that if I get 'Logan's Run' right, then I'll get 'Wonder Woman, " he said last month.
In any case, both the Danish director and the redheaded actress are going to be busy for some time. Refn has another drama upcoming with Ryan Gosling ('Only God Forgives') plus 'Run,' while Hendricks has a movie in the can (the comedy 'Struck By Lightning,' which was written by 'Glee' star Chris Colfer) and three more on the horizon, as well as the fifth season of 'Mad Men,' which is currently shooting.
Still, the idea of a Hendricks/Winding Refn Wonder Woman movie seems too good to pass up. After all, 'Drive' is poised to vault him onto the A-list. (If it doesn't, 'The Ides of March' might.) And, as she proved with her surprise accordion number on 'Mad Men,' viewers will eagerly watch Hendricks do pretty much anything.
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Watch Refn and Gosling discuss 'Drive' in the latest edition of Moviefone's Unscripted.
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