Breaking News: GET DOWN Actor Cast As Villain Black Manta In AQUAMAN
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who starred in Netflix’s Baz Luhrmann show The Get Down, is in early talks to put on his wetsuit and play Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta for DC Films.
Warner Bros. and director James Wan went through a series of meetings with multiple actors for the part in the past two weeks, but in the end Abdul-Mateen got the official offer, which went out yesterday and the parties are now in talks.
Aquaman first introduced the villain in a DC comic in 1967. Hired to bring back a sample of Arthur Curry’s blood, Black Manta encountered the young Aquaman and his father while the two were out at sea. In the ensuing struggle, Aquaman’s father suffered a heart attack that ultimately led to his death. Seeking revenge, Aquaman hunted down Black Manta—and accidentally killed his father in retaliation. Thus began a circle of vengeance that forever bonded hero and villain.
Fueled by hate and utilizing a powerful suit of armor that allows him to breathe underwater, survive the incredible pressures of the ocean depths and fire deadly energy blasts through his mask, Black Manta seeks to destroy Aquaman and everything he holds dear.
If the deal goes through, Abdul-Mateen will be joining Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Aquaman’s wife, Mera, Willem Defoe as Aquaman’s advisor, scientist Dr. Vulko and Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s treacherous brother, Orm the Ocean Master.
Filming is expected to begin this April in Australia.
Aquaman is scheduled to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.