Kristen Wiig cast as Wonder Woman villain Cheetah

Kristen Wiig will play a villain in the next Wonder Woman film.

Bridesmaids actress cast in upcoming superhero sequel, director Patty Jenkins tweeted Friday

Kristen Wiig will play a villain in the next Wonder Woman film. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/The Associated Press)

Kristen Wiig will play a villain in the next Wonder Woman film.

Director Patty Jenkins announced on Twitter Friday that Wiig will star as Wonder Woman rival Cheetah in the superhero sequel. Jenkins said in her post that she "can't wait to finally work with one of my favourites" and is very excited by what they have planned.

Star Gal Gadot welcomed Wiig to the cast in a follow-up post and added, "This is going to be WONDERful."

Jenkins reportedly became the highest-paid female filmmaker in history when she signed on to direct the sequel to the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman. No title has been announced for the film, which is scheduled to hit theatres in December next year.