Big news today about the upcoming, Jason Mamoa-starring Aquaman movie, as it’s been reported that Aquaman’s mother and the film’s villain have been cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicole Kidman is in “early talks” to play Aquaman’s mom, Atlanna. It is reportedly looking “optimistic” that Kidman will get the role.
She is no stranger to the DC superhero movie universe, as she played Bruce Wayne’s love interest, Dr. Chase Meridian, in 1995’s Batman Forever.
THR also has the scoop on Aquaman‘s main villain. The site reports that The Get Down star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in “early talks” to play Black Manta. “Director James Wan and the studio have been meeting with numerous actors for the part over the past two weeks, settling on Abdul-Mateen over the weekend,” THR said. “The official offer went out on Monday and the parties are now in talks.”
Abdul-Mateen was reportedly a finalist to play Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie, a part that ultimately went to Donald Glover.
Aquaman arrives in theaters in fall 2018, so it’s still a long time off. In addition to Momoa, Amber Heard will play Mera, the Queen of the Sea, while Patrick Wilson will play Aquaman’s evil half brother Orm Marius AKA Ocean Master.