Drive and The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn wants to put his unique spin on Batgirl. That might seem a little out of left field for the iconoclastic director, but Batgirl isn’t the first female superhero Refn has ever expressed interest in. Back around the release of Drive, Refn was fixated on doing a Wonder Woman movie with Christina Hendricks in the lead role. Needless to say, that led to a lot of thoughtful chin-stroking by men from all the world over — “Christina Hendricks as Wonder Woman, you say? Hmmmm! Why, I think that might just work. Make it so!”
Back then, it wasn’t particularly clear how serious Refn’s Wonder Woman intentions were. Was it just idle nerdy talk? Apparently not, for during a recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Refn confirmed he’d talked to Warner Bros. about Wonder Woman:
“At one point, they did come to me, and we had a very early conversation about Wonder Woman. I was, like, I love Wonder Woman, but I would only do it with Christina Hendricks.”
Unfortunately, it seems Hendricks was the sticking point, because sometimes Hollywood doesn’t make much sense. During the same podcast, Winding Refn hinted at what his next project might be. Seems he’s in a spy movie kind of mood.
“I had some wonderful meetings with the Broccolis, and Daniel Craig and so forth. I love James Bond. I got ideas. I want to do a spy movie. [Christina Hendricks] as the spy would be a really good idea.”
That last sentence was kind of a joking callback, but still, I’d watch a Christina Hendricks spy movie. I’d definitely watch a Nicolas Winding Refn Bond movie, if only to see what horrifying things he’d do with 007’s license to kill. Like Bond beating Blofeld to death with his own cat.
Christina Hendricks earned her six consecutive Emmy nominations for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2010-2015) for her role as Joan Harris in “Mad Men” but never won. This year, she has two chances to claim that overdue Emmy: she’s a contender for her supporting work on both Comedy Central’s laffer “Another Period” and SundanceTV’s drama “Hap and Leonard.”
“Mad Men” had notoriously bad luck in the Emmy acting categories, with a cast member winning only one of a whopping 37 nominations over the course of eight years. Jon Hamm claimed Best Drama Actor for the show’s final season in 2015. So maybe a change of scenery will help Hendricks.
Last summer, mere weeks after “Mad Men” signed off, she showed up in “Another Period” as Celine (aka Chair), a new maid with ulterior motives in an aristocratic household in the early 20th century. She’s an Emmy contender for Best Comedy Supporting Actress, which would be her first recognition for being funny after years of the serious business of “Mad Men.”
But Hendricks could show up again in the drama field too. This spring she co-starred in “Hap and Leonard” as Trudy, the ex-wife of Hap (James Purefoy), and she’s been entered for Best Drama Supporting Actress. If she gets in it would be her seventh straight nomination in that race. That would tie her with Nancy Marchand and Betty Thomas as the second most cited performer in the category; Tyne Daly currently holds the record with eight bids.
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