Kristen Wiig in talks to play Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2

Kristen Wiig has been in talks to play the villain in the Wonder Woman sequel.

The 44-year-old actress has emerged as the frontrunner to play the role of Cheetah, according to an article on Wednesday by Deadline.

Wonder Woman 2 will be set in the 1980s amid the backdrop of the Cold War. 

Villainous role: Kristen Wiig, shown in November in Hollywood, has been in talks to play the villain Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2

Villainous role: Kristen Wiig, shown in November in , has been in talks to play the villain Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2

Patty Jenkins, 46, will be back to direct the sequel along with star Gal Gadot, 32, in the lead role.

Wonder Woman was released in June 2017 and earned more than $821 million at the worldwide box office. 

The film based on the DC Comics character was nominated for three awards at the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards and won for Best Action Movie.

Wiig rose to fame while appearing on the NBC sketch comedy series

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