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Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in talks for Aquaman

Nicole Kidman in Cold Mountain

Story by Jack Foley

NICOLE Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are in talks for DC’s Aquaman movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kidman – who has recently been Oscar nominated for her role in Lion, is in early talks to play Aquaman’s mother, while Abdul-Mateen II, who starred on Netflix’s Baz Lurhmann show The Get Down, is in early talks to play the villain known as Black Manta.

In the Aquaman comic books, the hero’s mother is Atlanna, who hails from royalty in the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.

However, she escapes her kingdom and falls in love with a lighthouse keeper, giving birth to the boy who will one day grow up to be a bridge between two worlds.

Manta, meanwhile, first appeared in a DC comic in 1967 and stood out because of his unique battle-costume, trident and deadly schemes.

Abdul-Mateen II is currently riding high off the acclaim surrounding The Get Down. He was a finalist for the role of Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie and has landed more high-profile roles in this summer’s Baywatch and Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman, a musical take on circus founder P.T. Barnum.

Returning to Aquaman and it is also now emerging that Warner Bros intends to start shooting the big budget blockbuster in April in Australia, under the direction of James Wan.

Jason Momoa is starring as the half-human, half-Atlantean who is king of the underwater seas, while Amber Heard is also on board as Mera, his royal love interest, with Willem Dafoe set to portray Aquaman’s advisor, scientist Dr Vulko.

Patrick Wilson, who starred in Wan’s Conjuring horror movies, will play Orm, a villain who happens to be Aquaman’s half-brother.

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