Published On: Wed, May 3rd, 2017

Yahya Abdul Mateen confirmed as Black Manta for ‘Aquaman’: production begins

UPDATED: More cast and details confirmed as filming began yesterday under the name “Ahab” – Wan tweeted a photo HERE

“Months of intensive prep have led to this. Here we go. #DayOne #Ahab,” he captioned his post, accompanied by a picture of one of the film’s elaborate sets inside Sound Stage 6 on the lot at Village Roadshow Studios.

Momoa wasn’t on set for the first day of principal photography — the Hawaiian actor will film his first scenes on set at the studios on Thursday.

The Get Down actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been cast in the role of villain Black Manta in Warner Bros’ upcoming film Aquaman, which stars Jason Momoa as the title character, as known as Arthur Curry, king of Atlantis.

James Wan is directing the DC superhero pic that also stars Amber Heard as Mera, Queen of Atlantis, Patrick Wilson Aquaman’s super-villain half brother Orm, The Ocean Master and Willem DaFoe as Vulko.

Temuera Morrison has been cast as Thomas Curry: Arthur Curry’s father. Morrison is famous for playing Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequel Attack of the Clones. 80’s Action star Dolph Lundgren has joined the film as Nereus: King of the undersea nation of Xebel.

Opposite to Lundgren will be Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna: Arthur Curry’s mother, and former queen of Atlantis.

Momoa’s Aquaman made a quick cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will re-join the team in the Zack Snyder-directed follow-up Justice League.

WB has slated the stand-alone film for an October 5, 2018 release.

Aquaman is now set to arrive in theaters on December 21, 2018 (Avatar 2‘s former slot)

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