Kate Beckinsale says she was asked to portray Wonder Woman before Gal Gadot

Kate Beckinsale was almost Diana, Princess of Themyscira!

The 45-year-old actress reveals that she was nearly cast as the leading lady in Wonder Woman, a part that eventually went to Gal Gadot.

"There was a period of time, a long time ago, when [producer] Joel Silver was involved with [the film]," Beckinsale tells Variety. "But it worked out beautifully. That was a wonderful film that Gal did."

The 45-year-old actress ended up loving the final version of the film, something that she doesn't think would have happened if the original script had gotten made.

"It would have been a terrible movie based on the script that I read," she says.

Beckinsale also shared whether she's open to reprising her beloved role as Selene in another Underworld movie. "I wouldn’t return," she admits. "I’ve done plenty of those."

Meanwhile, the Wonder Woman film franchise is gearing up for a sequel of its own. ET caught up with the movie's director, Patty Jenkins, earlier this year, and she spoke about the "totally different" sequel following the success of the first film in 2017.

“We’re actually making a totally different film with a lot of the same, similar like things that we love, but it’s its own movie completely, so it’s not ‘two’ to us,” Jenkins told ET of Wonder Woman 1984, which is due out on Nov. 1, 2019. “It’s an entirely new adventure together that we couldn’t be luckier [to do].”

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NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Kate Beckinsale and Ex. Michael Sheen are seen out in Manhattan on April 06, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kate Beckinsale, Lily Mo Sheen and Michael Sheen are seen in Soho on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Lily Mo Sheen, Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman attends the Weinstein Company's 2014 Golden Globe Awards after party on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA- MARCH 24: Actor Michael Sheen and actress Kate Beckinsale attend the 10th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation InStyle Party on October 24, 2002 at the Moomba Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 4: Actress Emma Thompson and Michael Sheen, ex-husband of British actress Kate Beckinsale, arrive at the 'Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards' at The Dorchester Hotel on February 4, 2004 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Michael Sheen, Lilly Beckinsale, and Kate Beckinsale (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen attend the After-Party for the Canadian Premiere of 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallow Part 2' at Casa Loma on July 12, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen with daughters attend the After-Party for the Canadian Premiere of 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallow Part 2' at Casa Loma on July 12, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
Michael Sheen, Lilly Beckinsale, and Kate Beckinsale (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale during 2001 My VH1 Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
(GERMANY OUT) 1973Schauspielerin; Grossbritannienmit ihrem Lebensgefährten, dem britischen Schauspieler Michael Sheen, bei der Deutschlandpremiere des Kinofilm 'Pearl Harbor' in Berlin auf dem Flughafen Tempelhof (Photo by Christian Bach/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen attend the Second Annual My VH1 Music Awards on December 2, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kate Beckinsale & Michael Sheen (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale during 'Romeo & Juliet' - London Premiere - Arrivals at Leicester Square in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale during The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 1998 at The Savoy in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Kate Beckinsale & Michael Sheen Attend The 'Haunted' Premiere In London. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate Beckinsale and boyfriend Michael Sheen (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
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