Now that the Wonder Woman film is a bonafide smash at the box office, it should come as no surprise that a Wonder Woman origins film is heading to cinemas in the fall from Annapurna Pictures. Entitled Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the film debuts in theatres October 2017; a trailer can be viewed above.
The movie about the author of the Wonder Woman comic books, Charles Moulton, and his inspiration for the superhero stars Luke Evans as Moulton (a pseudonym for Dr. William Moulton Marston) and Rebecca Hall as his wife, Elizabeth.
Though Evans has had a booming screen career, he caught the attention of theatre fans with his performance as Gaston in the live-action movie musical version of Beauty and the Beast released in March of this year. Evans, it should be noted, came from theatre roots. Having graduated The London Studio Centre in 2000, Evans took the stage in West End productions of musicals such as Miss Saigon, Rent, Avenue Q, La Cava, and Taboo. In fact, he can be heard on the original London cast albums of both La Cava and Taboo. Here, he plays the professor and comic book writer inspired by his wife Elizabeth and their lover.
Rebecca Hall, who plays both muse and secret keeper, appeared on Broadway in 2014’s Machinal. Her professional debut was on the stage in the London production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession in 2002, for which she earned an Ian Charleson Award. The daughter of Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall, the actor worked in her father’s productions of As You Like It and later The Fight for Barbara. She worked in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal and has worked at BAM, the Curran, and the Ahmanson in the United States. As part of Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project, she performed in The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard, which toured the globe. Just before her Broadway debut, she starred as Viola in Twelfth Night at London’s National Theatre.