Adrianne Palicki to play Wonder Woman in TV pilot

Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:20pm EST
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By Kimberly Nordyke and Philiana Ng

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Friday Night Lights" star Adrianne Palicki is the new Wonder Woman.

The actress has been cast as the title character in David E. Kelley's NBC pilot win which Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Diana Prince, tries to balance her life as a vigilante crime fighter, a successful corporate executive and a modern woman.

Palicki, who appeared as Tyra Collete in the TV series "Friday Night Lights," stars in the upcoming "Red Dawn" remake. Her most recent regular role was on Fox's short-lived Texas-set drama "Lone Star," which aired only two episodes last fall.

Kelley wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Bill D'Elia ("Boston Legal," "The Practice").

The TV show comes about a decade after Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver attempted to launch the property for the big screen, with actress Angelina Jolie and writer/director Joss Whedon in the mix at various stages.

Though the 1975-79 Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter is among the most memorable in pop culture, broadcasters have had trouble developing a successful female-centric action series. NBC's modernized "Bionic Woman" was the latest casualty in 2007.