23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ArrivalsThe Hollywood Reporter must have a very well-placed mole inside the "Aquaman" production: Only an hour after breaking the news that the standalone flick was currently in talks to cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the villain Black Manta, THR is now reporting that Nicole Kidman is also in negotiations to a take a high-profile role in the film.

According to the trade, Kidman is "in early talks" to play the part of Aquaman's (Jason Momoa) mother. The character, Atlanna, is described by THR as "hail[ing] from royalty in the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. She escapes her kingdom and falls in love with a lighthouse keeper, giving birth to the boy who will one day grow up to be a bridge between two worlds."

While Kidman, who's only 49, may seem like an eyebrow-raising selection to play the mother of 37-year-old Momoa, she's reportedly been director James Wan's first choice for the part for some time, and the production is eager to bring her on board. And the fact that the film is set to shoot in Kidman's native Australia would certainly make things convenient for the Oscar-winning actress to join the project.

We'll have to wait until studio Warner Bros. offers comment before the news is official. "Aquaman" is set to start shooting in April, and will hit theaters on October 5, 2018.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]