Monday, 6 February 2017

Patrick Wilson joins Aquaman

The Aquaman cast is slowly beginning to take shape. And director James Wan has dipped into the list of people he has worked with before for the latest addition, as news arrives via Deadline that Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) is aboard.

Wilson will be a villain in the movie, playing Orm Marius, also known as Ocean Master. The half-brother of Jason Momoa's title character, he is a rival for the throne of Atlantis and capable of wreaking huge chaos across the city and the ocean in general. The character first appeared in 1966 and if it sounds a little like the dynamic between Thor and Loki... Well, you are not wrong. This will mark Wilson's second stint as a comic book character, following his turn as Nite Owl in DC Extended Universe overseer Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009).

He joins a cast that already has Amber Heard (The Danish Girl) as Mera, queen of Atlantis, and Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Vulko, a friend and advisor who has had his own issues with the hero in the past. Given the timing of his casting, it seems unlikely that Wilson's character will be introduced in Justice League, but who knows?

Wan will be shooting the movie later this year, ready for an October 2018 release. Wilson will next be on our screens in The Founder, due on 17 February.

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