The upcoming "Aquaman" standalone feature is shoring up its cast, and according to a new report, is now set to add yet another villain to the ensemble.
The scoop comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which writes that actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II -- who recently made a splash on Netflix's flashy new series "The Get Down," and will next be seen in the big screen version of "Baywatch" -- is currently in negotiations to take the part of Black Manta in the movie, after impressing director James Wan and Warner Bros. studio heads. Black Manta is a supervillain who serves as one of Aquaman's major foes in the DC comics, and is known for his high-tech costumes and weaponry.
Adbul-Mateen isn't the only actor who's set to make things difficult for Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa) on-screen, with Patrick Wilson also joining the ensemble as the villain Orm, the half-brother of the titular hero who battles Aquaman for control of Atlantis. The rest of the cast includes Amber Heard as love interest Mera, and Willem Defoe as Dr. Vulko, a scientist and advisor to Aquaman.
"Aquaman" is set to swim into theaters on October 5, 2018.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people -- and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep. Read More