If you’re a fan of Dolph Lundgren and comic book adaptations you may just be happy to hear that the big fella has joined Jason Momoa on the cast of Warner Bros. DC comic book big screen outing of Aquaman.
Lundgren, whose acting career has been simmering over the past few years, popping up in the odd episode of Arrow, is to play King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Aquaman’s Queen Mera, who will be played by Amber Heard, as his own and wants to kill Aquaman. Lundgren is no stranger to the role of an unlikable character from his time on the 1985 Rocky IV as the Soviet boxer who killed Creed to his character in the DC world of Arrow.
However, according to director James Wan, King Nereus won’t quite be playing a villain. The clarification came when Wan took to twitter to respond to a journalist’s tweet.
Not quite villain, but thank you 🙂 https://t.co/LtqpcSanFL
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) April 13, 2017
The Kindergarten 2 actor will be joining Willem Dafoe as science advisor Dr. Vulko, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Aquaman’s mother, Temuera Morrison as his father, Thomas Curry, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the scheming Black Manta as well as Patrick Wilson as Orm, Aquaman’s troublesome half-brother.
With production due to start in May in Australia, Lundgren is a late announcement, and begs the question is there anyone else yet to emerge from the depths for Wan’s aquatic creation?
Lundgren, who in 2016, had an uncredited role in the Coen Brother’s Hail, Caesar! as a Submarine Commander is also due to in a number of productions this year in the Russian Bachelor Party and the action/horror Dead Trigger.
Aquaman will be emerging onto the big screen in 2018.