Aquaman adds Dolph Lundgren in a villainous role as Warner Bros. continues inching closer to the start of their next DCEU project. James Wan is currently finishing the pre-production stage on his DC debut that will mark the third appearance of Jason Momoa as the titular character. Momoa has already made his way to Australia to gear up for filming, while Amber Heard (Mera) has continued to keep up to date on her training.
With filming not yet underway, much of the plot remains unknown, outside of the inclusion of Black Manta, indicating he and Arthur Curry clash will over control of the sea. Well, it looks like Black Manta will not be the only foe Aquaman will have to fight off in his first solo film.
THR is reporting that Dolph Lundgren is hopping back into the superhero genre for a role in Aquaman as King Nereus. He is the ruler of Xebel, the home city of Mera. For the purposes of the movie THR says Nereus “claims Mera as his own and wants to kill Aquaman,” putting Lundgren definitively in an antagonistic role.
Nereus is a relatively new addition to the DC comic pantheon. He was first introduced in 2013 in the pages of Aquaman #19. In this arc, Mera was sent to Atlantis to kill Aquaman, and Nereus thought she would return to Xebel to be his wife. Things clearly did not go Nereus’ way as Mera ends up becoming Queen of Atlantis. With DC Entertainment Head Geoff Johns helping create the character, it is not terribly surprising to see him brought into Johns’ film universe, and it sounds like he will be used to explore a similar arc.
Lundgren is just the latest addition to an already impressive cast at the disposal of Wan. Aquaman also features Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother, Temuera Morrison as Aquaman’s human father, and Patrick Wilson as his half-brother Orm. Willem DaFoe will also be featured as Dr. Vulko, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been tapped to play the aforementioned role of Black Manta. The fifth (or possibly sixth) DCEU film clearly is not lacking in talent in front of the camera. Behind the camera meanwhile, Wan’s filmography carries a lot of weight with it and he’ll be re-teaming with his cinematographer from Conjuring 2. With production set to begin in just over a month, there could be a few more surprising additions to the cast.