If you’re like me, hearing “South Pacific” and “Wonder Woman” in the same sentence leads to one glorious thought.
As much as we’d love to see Lucy Lawless as the Amazon princess, makers of the Justice League of America film are looking for someone younger — in the 22–32 range. But if reports from Movie Hole are true, the new Diana Prince/Wonder Woman just might have a Xena connection after all. Australian actress Victoria Hill, who played Waltraute in two Xena episodes, has tested for the role.
Don’t remember Hill as Waltraute? Frankly, neither do I, but for a very good reason. Waltraute appeared in “The Ring” and “Return of the Valkyrie,” two episodes from the Beowulf storyline. You know the one — Gabrielle was in an induced sleep, surrounded by a ring of fire that could only be crossed by her soul mate, who would awaken her with a kiss. That kiss. I do have a vague memory of someone attacking Xena right before she went through the flame — that, as it happens, was Waltraute. And yes, she fell in to the burning ring of fire.
Daydreams of Xena and Gabby are hard to leave, I know, but back to Victoria Hill. The 28-year-old is a popular stage, film and television actress in Australia. She stars in the newly released December Boys with Daniel Radcliffe. And her performance in Macbeth (as Lady Macbeth) has received critical acclaim.
According to IMDb, Macbeth had a limited release in the U.S. this summer, but I don’t remember reading about it. If you’ve seen it, review Hall’s performance in the comments.
Whether Hill turns out to be Wonder Woman or not, I have to say that she certainly looks the part.
And even knowing little about her, I vote for Hill over the other rumored WW candidate, Jessica Biel. Say it with me, now: huh?
Hopefully, our readers across the pond can tell us more. Can Hill act? Can you picture her as a superhero? And most importantly, would Lori approve?