James Wan is set to break into the superhero world next year. After beginning with horror flicks like Saw, Insideous, and The Conjuring, he helped make Furious 7 one of the highest grossing films of all-time. This is why Warner Bros. and DC Films had no problem handing him the reins to Aquaman, as he tries to further push away the stigma that Aquaman is not as cool as his fellow Justice League members.
In order to do that, Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa will be playing Arthur Curry, the King of Atlantis, and will be joined by Amber Heard as Queen Mera. All will not stay well in the depths of the ocean, however, as Patrick Wilson plans to stir up trouble as Aquaman’s half-brother, Ocean Master. While there are a number of roles still left to be announced, Wan has now shared a photo of the cast assembled together.
Wan shared the photo on his Twitter, showing him, Momoa, Heard, and Wilson sitting around a table with their arms wrapped around one another. This is the first table read for Aquaman, giving the actors the first time to fully read the script by Will Beall, that Wan and DC’s Geoff Johns also collaborated on.
While Wan is accompanied by the three main cast members as of right now, there is one official cast member missing from this photo. Willem Dafoe is going to first appear as Vulko in Justice League before having an expanded, or as Dafoe described “principal role” in Aquaman. DC has yet to unveil the look of Vulko, only so far descriptions having him match the gladiator style costumes that Aquaman and Mera have.
Dafoe’s absence aside, it is rather interesting that the table read is happening with only four characters cast to our knowledge. This could point to a relatively intimate story Wan plans to tell that mostly revolves around Aquaman, Mera, and Ocean Master. If this is the case, there are sure to be more cast members that populate the film.
However, there have been reports previously that Black Manta also figured to be a prominent member of the story. Since it was first rumored, there has been hardly any movement on that front. The lack of news and Beall rewriting the script over the summer could point to him no longer being involved with the story. Even if this is the case, the fact that Wan is meeting with the cast now shows that pre-production is moving along smoothly ahead of production beginning in a few months.
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