The casting process for Warner Bros.’ Aquaman has gone, ahem, swimmingly so far.
Jason Momoa is of course onboard to star as the king of the underwater kingdom Atlantis after briefly playing the role in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and reprising it again in this year’s Justice League. Director James Wan will reunite with Watchmen‘s Patrick Wilson for the project, and both Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and The Get Down star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are reportedly considering the roles of Arthur Curry and Aquaman’s mother and the villainous Black Manta.
Now another promising addition is poised to join the film.
Temuera Morrison is in negotiations to play Aquaman’s human father, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor is perhaps best known as Jango Fett in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones as well as playing various members of the character’s clone army in both that film and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
More recently, he provided the voice of Chief Tui in the Disney musical Moana. However, if he does sign on for Aquaman, the film will not be Morrison’s first foray into the world of DC Comics films. He previously played Abin Sur – the alien who gave his power ring to Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan – in the ill-fated 2011 film Green Lantern.
So far, there’s little indication exactly how Wan’s film will tackle Aquaman’s past, since we’re not exactly sure which version of the character’s origin will end up on the screen. Most likely, Morrison’s role will be limited to the first act or even flashbacks of some kind, especially if Aquaman begins with the title character’s ascension to the throne already complete.
It may even take the Man of Steel route and narratively flip-flop between the present day and some of the most integral moments of the character’s life up to that point.
Regardless, with Wan’s track record, hopes are high that Aquaman will be one of the upcoming films to redeem the DC extended universe from what many consider to be two of 2016’s more underwhelming blockbusters in Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad.
It certainly has the opportunity to be drastically different than anything audiences have seen before, and is the DC extended universe’s first real chance to prove second-string characters like Aquaman and Cyborg are worthy of their own solo films.
We’ll find out when Aquaman splashes into theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.
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