Director James Wan may have his hands full conjuring up all sorts of spine-chilling nasties for his long-anticipated horror sequel The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, but that hasn’t stymied progress on his live-action Aquaman standalone film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amber Heard (Magic Mike XXL, The Danish Girl) has opened talks to star opposite Jason Momoa as the film’s female lead.
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In line with Zack Snyder’s plans to introduce his superhero ensemble during the first installment of the two-part Justice League, should Heard seal the deal, she’ll rub shoulders with Momoa’s King of the Seven as Mera, love interest to Aquaman and eventual queen of Atlantis. Such responsibility is not without superhero power, either, and in the original comics Mera boasted the ability to control the sea and solidify water, which would make for quite the destructive lover’s tiff should such an event ever arise on screen.
Looking at the grand DC Extended Universe picture and the fact that Justice League – Part 1 plans to begin shooting in April of this year indicates that Warner Bros. will want to have its core cast of characters ironed out before the cameras begin rolling.
Two scripts are currently being penned for Aquaman. The first is being drafted by James Wan’s Conjuring cohort David Leslie Johnson, while the other is headed up by Kurt Johnstad. How exactly Warner plans to produce some melange of the two remains to be seen.
Jason Momoa will command the seven (possibly with Amber Heard by his side?) when James Wan’s Aquaman film roars to life on July 27, 2018.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter