As we gear up for the beginning of production on Aquaman later this year, the film is in the process of casting its supporting characters. Today, we have word of two actors who are in talks to play key supporting players in the DC film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Get Down star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has entered negotiations to play Black Manta. This confirms last year’s report that the iconic Aquaman villain is in the movie. While a deal hasn’t been closed, director James Wan recently decided on Abdul-Mateen after meeting with several other actors. Black Manta is the second villain confirmed for Aquaman, following Patrick Wilson’s Orm.
In other news, Aquaman may add another A-lister to its cast. THR also says that Nicole Kidman is in early talks to play the mother of Aquaman and Orm in the film. Traditionally, Aquaman’s mother is Atlanna, the Queen of Atlantis. If a deal closes, then this marks Kidman’s second DC movie role; she played Chase Meridian in 1995’s Batman Forever. She was also in talks to play Hippolyta in Wonder Woman, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
Aquaman is getting ready to start shooting in Australia this April, so expect even more casting news to come soon.
Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe. The film hits theaters on October 5th, 2018.