Since the earliest ideas about the upcoming Aquaman movie has far surpassed the expectations that anyone had of the submarine superhero. Jason Momoa‘s burly protagonist reinvented Aquaman in a way that fit with the dark and powerful new image that DC has been creating for its heroes in its most recent wave of movies. Between director James Wan and a screenplay by Will Beall, the movie has had fans talking for some time already, even though it is not due for release until the summer of 2018. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros has been making progress with the rest of the cast.
It has been reported that the studio was holding tryouts over the past view weeks, vetting a number of actors to take on the role of the villain in the movie, which was recently confirmed to be the Black Manta. It has been reported that Warner Bros have now reached out to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for the role. Abdul-Mateen is best known for his work on Baz Lurhmann series The Get Downn.
In other Aquaman casting news, Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Atlanna, the Atlantean mother of Aquaman. Atlanna is most commonly depicted as the Queen/Princess of Atlantis who escapes her kingdom and falls in love with a lonely lighthouse Keeper, giving birth to the boy who will one day grow up to be Aquaman.
Aquaman sought revenge for the incident, hunting down Black Manta and accidentally killed his father in retaliation. The two became bonded forever by this circle of vengeance. Black Manta utilizes a suit of armor that allows him to breathe underwater at great depths and fire deadly energy blasts through his mask.
Aquaman is being directed by James Wan, from a screenplay written by Will Beall, based on a story treatment created by Wan and Geoff Johns. In addition to Momoa as Aquaman and Abdul-Mateen as Black Manta, Aquaman also stars Amber Heard as Aquaman’s wife, Mera, and Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s treacherous brother, Orm the Ocean Master.
Aquaman is scheduled to open in theaters on July 27, 2018.