Dolph Lundgren Joins the Cast of Aquaman as King Nereus

Posted 2017/04/12 0 0

Dolph Lundgren has joined Warner Bros. standalone “Aquaman” film opposite Jason Momoa, sources have confirmed to Variety.


THR says Lundgren will play King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Mera as his own and wants to kill Aquaman (Jason Momoa). The cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.

James Wan is directing the superhero film with Peter Safran producing. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, and Rob Cowan are executive producing. James Wan confirmed the news on Twitter and welcomed Lundgren to the cast.

When one journalist tweeted about the casting, referring to Lundgren being cast as "one of the villains" in the film, Wan quoted the tweet and provided a bit of clarification. According to the director, the role of Nereus in the film will be "not quite" a villain.

The studio said last year that the title character, played by Momoa, would be caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and the undersea Atlanteans, who are ready to lash out in revolt. Aquaman is based on the DC Comics character first introduced in the early 1940s who’s the king of Atlantis, a half-human and half-Atlantean named Arthur Curry.

Lundgren made his acting debut in the James Bond film A View to Kill, but it’s his turn as the herculean antagonist Drago in Rocky IV that cemented his pop culture status. Lundgren dipped his toes in the comic book waters as Marvel’s Frank Castle in 1989’s The Punisher and as a guest-starring villain on the DC TV show Arrow. Recently, Lundgren has been maintaining a steady career in DTV actioners and Expendables films.

Aquaman is scheduled to begin shooting in Australia in the next few weeks. It hits theaters on December 21, 2018.