The next DC Extended Universe adventure movie Aquaman will head to Australia to film by early next year, with pre-production to begin before Christmas.
James Momoa will star as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, the half-human half-Atlantean King of Atlantis. The title character had his first brief appearance in Batman V Superman. Amber Heard will play Mera, Aquaman’s wife and Queen of Atlantis. Joining the two is Spider-Man‘s Willem Dafoe, who will take the role of the Atlantean politician Vulko.
They will also appear in Justice League which is set to hit theaters on Nov. 17, 2017. The cast is currently shooting in London.
The standalone film is going to be directed by The Conjuring and Furious 7 director James Wan. Originally from Australia, he will be bringing the entire production team to his home country.
Most of the scenes will be shot underwater, thus filming location is assumed to be in Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast in Queensland for boasting “the largest purpose built firm water tank in the country,” according to Comicbook.com.
The cast of Thor: Ragnarok is also currently filming in the country.
Wan told MTV.com he is excited in taking the challenge of making a movie from the “underdog” character. He says, “As we all know, Aquaman is somewhat the butt of the joke in the superhero world.”
He adds that he loves the “idea of being the underdog” and having a take on the underdog character that will blow away people’s expectations. He continues, “Like, ‘Oh, you thought he was going to be a wimpy character? No no no.’ It’s going to be so cool.”
Justice League will be out first before Aquaman does, and Wan says he is going to be respectful to that. “But in a lot of ways… it’s a continuation but there are origin elements as well – and that’s the story that I’m excited to tell,” he concludes.
Wan will helm from a script by Will Beal who teased that they will shoot the Aquaman movie both in land and sea. He also revealed Black Manta as the main villain.
Aquaman movie is targeting to hit theatres on July 27, 2018.
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