Who Is Connie Nielsen, The Woman Just Cast As Wonder Woman’s Mother?

It’s looking like the new Wonder Woman movie, set to hit theaters in 2017, is going to have a bevvy of strong women filling out its incredible cast. On Friday it was announced that Connie Nielsen has signed on to play Hippoyta in Wonder Woman, the queen of the Amazons and the mother of Wonder Woman herself. The movie, which is set to take place during WWI, is already chock full of incredible talent, including Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. But, the addition of Connie Nielsen is an exciting one, largely because of her incredible talent and acting experience. So for those of you who might be wondering, "Wait, who is Connie Nielsen?" I can assure you that this actress brings a world of knowledge and technique to the role.

Nielsen is a Danish-born actress who was professionally trained from a young age. Her incredible talent as an actress led her to a number of incredible roles, including her most famous and acclaimed as Princess Lucilla opposite Russell Crowe in 2000’s Gladiator. (The film went on to win a ton of awards and to win the actress a ton of appeal.) But that isn’t her only big role on the silver screen: Nielsen also starred in 2005’s The Ice Harvest, 2000’s Mission to Mars, and 2002’s One Hour Photo opposite Robin Williams.

So to say that she has starred in movies with some of Hollywood’s best is a huge understatement. This woman has some serious Hollywood game.

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More recently, Nielsen has turned her talent to the small screen come as Ramona Lytton in The Good Wife. She also starred alongside Kelsey Grammar in the TV series Boss. In both of these roles, she impressed audiences with her charisma and ability to steal every scene she is in. So, trust me, this actress has built an incredible career for herself — and the fact that she snagged the coveted role of Wonder Woman’s mother is proof positive that she is a force to be reckoned with.

Don’t believe me? Check out some of her other incredible work ASAP. You know you’re going to be Netflix-ing the whole weekend away anyway.