With the Wonder Woman hype machine about to go into gear and Justice League not far behind, news is beginning to trickle out about the forthcoming Aquaman film. The Jason Momoa led cast has added Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, according to THR.
Lundgren, who portrayed such iconic villains as Ivan Drago in the Rocky franchise, will bring his talents to a role little known to all but the few die-hard Aquaman fans. Lundgren is no stranger to DC Entertainment or their live-action endeavors, having played a part in this season of Arrow as Russian mafioso Konstantin Kovar.
King Nereus rules the rebel underwater kingdom of Xebel, the birthplace of Aquaman’s (Momoa) future bride, Mera (Amber Heard). In the comics, he dispatches Mera to see to the demise of would-be king Arthur Curry, before sending her sister Siren to finish the job.
Aquaman first appeared on-screen in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He will next appear in November’s Justice League before his solo film heads to theaters in December of 2018. The film is being directed by James Wan (Saw) and will mark the sixth installment of DC’s Extended Cinematic Universe. Excitement for the film is currently running high for the film based on earl reactions to Momoa’s Aquaman in the recent Justice League trailer. If he can deliver on the promise shown in those brief images, the film should perform solidly at the box office. Comicbook.com currentl has the film as the 18th-most anticipated comic book film. While that number is a bit low, there are still 18 months and nearly a half-dozen comic book films between Aquaman and it’s release date.
[SOURCE] The Hollywood Reporter