Video: Connie Nielsen on Wonder Woman’s Hippolyta

Connie Nielsen plays Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, in this Friday’s Wonder Woman

While Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment introduced Gal Gadot‘s heroine herself in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this friday’s Wonder Woman brings to the big screen several key supporting characters that played important roles in the comics over the past 75 years. Chief among them is Connie Nielsen, who plays Hippolyta, ruler of Themyscira and Queen of the Amazons. Sitting down with, Nielsen explains that her performance is based as much on fact as it is on fiction. She also talks about working with director Patty Jenkins and what made filming Wonder Woman an experience like none other.

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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine (Star Trek), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix‘s House of Cards), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Connie Nielsen (GladiatorNymphomaniac: Vol. I) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead).

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Wonder Woman is being produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.

Catch Wonder Woman in theaters this Friday and check back soon for our interview with director Patty Jenkins!