English actress Elizabeth Hurley, who is perhaps best known for her role as Vanessa in the Austin Powers movies, will play Wonder Woman’s antagonist in the pilot for the new David E. Kelley-created Wonder Woman TV series. Hurley posted on Twitter today, “Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I’ll be playing the evil villain. Can’t wait.”
In the Wonder Woman pilot Hurley will most likely be playing Veronica Cale, a founding partner of Cale-Anderson Pharmaceuticals and a major rival of Wonder Woman. Greg Rucka created Veronica Cale, who made her first appearance in Wonder Woman #196 in 2003, as a “Lex Luthor for Diana.” Cale is jealous of Wonder Woman’s powers and rejects her quest for peace as simplistic and unattainable.