Wonder Woman finally made her big screen debut earlier this year in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” bringing to life Dr. William Moulton Marston’s creation on an epic scale after 75 years. Now Sony Pictures has its sights set on the story behind Marston’s creation, acquiring the rights to “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” from Topple Productions and Boxspring Entertainment.
The film will detail how Marston, a Harvard psychologist and inventor, created the famed DC Comics character, along with his wife, Elizabeth, and their polyamorous relationship with Olive Byrne, a former student of Marston’s. Luke Evans (“Furious 7”) will star as Marston, with Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3”) as his wife Elizabeth and Bella Heathcote (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) as Byrne, reports Deadline.
Though Wonder Woman has become one of the most iconic figures in comic book history, controversy surrounded Marston’s creation, as there was a fear from a part of society during that time that Wonder Woman would turn young girls into lesbians. “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” will explore how Marston was influenced by the feminist ideals of Elizabeth and Olive, as well as how the trio concealed their relationship for fear of exposure would destroy their lives.
Written and directed by “How to Get Away with Murder” and “True Blood” veteran Angela Robinson, the film is executive produced by “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway, a co-founder of Topple. Production began this week on the film.
No release date has been announced for “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”
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