Laverne Cox wants to play Wonder Woman

The transgender actress has revealed she has aspirations of hitting the big screen as the fictional superhero, even though Gal Gadot has already been cast as the character in the eponymous film adaptation of the comic, due in 2017.

Asked if she'd like to appear in a blockbuster movie, she said: ''I would! I've been wanting to be a superhero for a long time. I have a lot of fans who want me to be Wonder Woman and they want me to be Storm.''

The 'Orange is the New Black' star continued to say she believes it's vital the movie industry follows the TV trend of being more inclusive with their casting, as she never sees transgender people in films.

Speaking about the representation of the LGBT community, she explained: ''The TV industry is doing better than the movie industry, for sure. GLAAD [Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation] just released a report where they tracked media representations of LGBT people and they noted that on TV this past year there was an unprecedented number of transgender characters - but on film there were none. No major characters in the United States, at least.''

However, the 31-year-old icon believes independent films may be the way to go in encouraging mainstream movies to include a wider variety of people, after she recently starred in the comedy drama 'Grandma'.

Speaking in the summer 2015 issue of Gay Times magazine, she added: ''Maybe there were some independent films made [with transgender characters] and in fact I did one that's coming out this year.''