Currently swimming towards an April shoot date, director James Wan (The Conjuring) and the Aquaman team are starting to lock down more cast. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Nicole Kidman (Stoker) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) are in talks for roles.
Kidman, assuming she signs, is looking to play Aquaman's mother, Atlanna. A member of the royal family in Atlantis, she escaped her kingdom for an adventure on the surface, and ended up falling for a lighthouse keeper and giving birth to Jason Momoa's (Conan The Barbarian) hero.
As for Abdul-Mateen, the man who plays Cadillac on the Netflix series is in line to be Black Manta, a scheming villain and one of Aquaman's main foes who was first introduced in 1967. It is the latest big film role for the actor, who narrowly missed out on the role of Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off but will be seen in Baywatch and The Greatest Showman.
The pair will join a cast that already boasts Amber Heard (The Danish Girl) as Mera, Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as scientist and adviser Vulko and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) as Orm, Aquaman's half-brother and another threat.
Wan is aiming for a 5 October release date next year. Momoa, Heard and Dafoe will all pop up in Justice League, due out on 17 November.