The Aquaman character has long been known as the biggest joke in DC Comics. But now, he’s the biggest hope in the DCEU thus far. Part of that is credited to the creative team behind the upcoming solo movie, led by director James Wan. Every little sign of trouble has been quickly negated by the director. Now production is set to begin in Australia, with a consisting of Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Willem Defoe, and as of yesterday morning, veteran action star Dolph Lundgren.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, with Wan later confirming the casting on his Twitter. Lundgren will play a side villain called King Nereus, who’s a fierce warrior and ruler of Xebel (Mera’s home kingdom). In the comics, Nereus has long desired to make Mera his bride and queen of Xebel, however she has repeatedly refused, which then caused Nereus to team up with the Dead King. The character was created by writer Geoff Johns, who’s currently serving as Chief Creative Officer of DC Films.
This role sounds fitting for Lundgren, who’s never been known for being a strong actor, but more of an action type supporting actor, one that’s physically imposing. Leave it to a director like Wan to utilize his strengths and hide his weaknesses, something he proved to do rather well in Furious 7 with actors on a similar level of skill as Lundgren. As a fan of the veteran actor, I love seeing him in big-budget blockbusters. Aquaman will be released on December 21, 2018.
Sources: Collider, The Hollywood Reporter.