And don't forget about the tiara: Can you make it work, girl?
If these stiff requirements sound like tasks fit for a wonder woman, they are. In fact, the Wonder Woman.
Next month in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas, open casting will begin on a new NBC TV-movie spotlighting the adventures of the Amazon superhero.
Warner Bros., the studio behind the telepic, is eyeing the project as potential prime-time series fodder--the perfect way to combat and/or cash in on today's Xena: Warrior Princess craze. (Xena versus Wonder Woman--an interesting concept. With pay-per-view potential, no doubt.)
A sample of the Ms. Woman casting form (inquiring about all the important stuff: hair color, eye color, height, weight, and, oh yeah, acting experience, "if any") is available on a Wonder Woman fan Website.
The new Wonder Woman, whoever that may/will be, will have a pair of big red boots to fill. She must not only vie with Xena's Lucy Lawless for viewers affections for kick-butt females; she must combat the memory of Lynda Carter--the star of the camp classic 1976 to '79 "Wonder Woman" TV series.
Carter wasn't the first TV-land Amazon princess. That would be Cathy Lee Crosby and her glorified airline stewardess get-up from a poorly received 1974 TV-movie--but she was the best. Any chance of the 47-year-old reviving her crime-fighting career? Not likely. Carter keeps her tiara and bracelets safely locked up in a glass case in her home. "I basically avoid anything I've done in the past," she once told People magazine.
Also not likely to don the Wonder Woman bathing suit again: Debra Winger, who, in 1976, played Drusilla, Ms. Woman's kid sister, otherwise known as, yes, Wonder Girl.
Rob Olivera, the keeper of an extensive Wonder Woman site (the one with the casting form), nominates Fools Rush In costar Salma Hayek. "[She] is the closest thing to Lynda Carter that I've seen," Olivera writes. "This is to say: Keeping in the tradition of the "Wonder Woman" look."
Wonder Woman, created by William Moulton Marston (under the pen name Charles Mouton), made her comic-book debut in 1941. The Lynda Carter series originally mirrored the character's WWII roots, before time-shifting (and network-shifting, from ABC to CBS) to the swingin' 1970s. No word yet on what era the all-new Wonder one will run rampant in.