Overnight news broke that Moulin Rouge star Nicole Kidman and relative newcomer Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are set to join Warner Bros. / DC’s Aquaman. At this stage it seems both are in talks Atlanna, Aquaman’s mother and and the villain Black Manta respectively. If they are confirmed, they’ll join Amber Heard as Aquaman’s royal love interest Mera, Patrick Wilson as villain Orm (also Aquaman’s half brother) and acting veteran Willem Dafoe who is playing Vulko.

Abdul-Mateen II may not be someone you’re familiar with but he’ll appear in Paramount’s movie reboot of hit TV show Baywatch in the summer and has appeared in Netflix’s The Get Down from Moulin Rouge, Australia director Baz Luhrmann (spot the link!). At the moment neither have been confirmed by the studio but THR are reporting that they’re both have been in talks with the powers that be to pursue the roles.

Aquaman is a property DC comic fans have been excited to see for a long time. The title role is played by Game of Thrones’ favourite Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) who we saw briefly in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and who will appear in Zac Snyder’s Justice League later this year.

James Wan, Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson - Aquaman
Director James Wan with cast-members Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson

Aquaman was created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger and tells the story of a half-human, half-Atlantean who is king of the underwater oceans. The comic was originally written in 1941 but really hit the big time in the 1950s and 60s when he, along with Batman, Superman and The Flash founded The Justice League of America – the exact story which Snyder will tell in his two-part Justice League movies.

Aquaman is being helmed by Director James Wan who directed the original Saw movie and went onto produce the sequels and more recently Insidious, The Conjuring and Fast & Furious 7 which gave him a chance to shine in a huge all-out action studio movie for Universal Pictures.

Aquaman will be with us 2018.