DC Comic’s iconic female superhero Wonder Woman has been generating buzz with the upcoming Gal Gadot-starring film due out next year. Then last week, Greg Rucka, writer of the reborn Wonder Woman comics revealed that the heroine is bisexual. But now, the story of Diana Prince’s creator is getting the spotlight in the upcoming indie drama “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”
Per Deadline, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired the worldwide rights from Topple Productions and Boxspring Entertainment. Directed and written by Angela Robinson, the film stars Luke Evans as Dr. William Moulton Marston, a Harvard psychologist and inventor who created Wonder Woman in 1941. Rebecca Hall will portray his wife Elizabeth, also a psychologist and inventor, and Bella Heathcote will play Olive Byrne, a former student of Marston’s and who also shared a polyamorous relationship with the couple.
According to Marston, both women had significant input in the creation of the Amazonian princess. When he died in 1947, Elizabeth and Olive raised their children they had with him together and remained a couple for many decades after.
“Professor Marston” will chronicle their lives, as well as how they dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman’s creation when homophobic moral guardians claimed that the comics promoted lesbianism, all while the trio kept their romantic and family life a secret.
The film will be produced by Topple co-founder Andrea Sperling alongside Amy Redford and Terry Leonard. Topple co-founder and “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Boxspring Entertainment co-Founder Clare Munn are executive producing. Production for the drama began this week.
Robinson, who recently worked as a consulting producer for “How To Get Away With Murder” is known for her directorial feature debut “D.E.B.S.” and the 2005 comedy “Herbie Fully Loaded.” She’s previously directed episodes of “True Blood,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “The L Word.”
Evans can currently be seen in “The Girl on the Train” and stars as Gaston in the upcoming live-action “Beauty and The Beast,” out March 17, 2017. Hall’s last feature was “The BFG” and will next star in Oren Moverman’s “The Dinner” and Brian Crano’s “Permission.” Heathcote is known for her roles in “The Neon Demon” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” She also has a role in the upcoming “Fifty Shades Darker.”
No released date has been announced for “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”