Earlier this week, news broke that James Wan’s Aquaman had netted another actor. The superhero flick added Patrick Wilson to its cast to play Orm, the evil half-brother of Aquaman. Now, the actor is shedding light on his casting and admitting what drew him to the swashbuckling project.
Today, Wilson sat down to talk with WBT Radio about his thriller The Hollow Point and briefly discussed his recent casting. It was there that Wilson said Aquaman’s blockbuster-scale and familiar director persuaded him to sign on.
“I'm completely biased with James Wan, who I've done four films with -- knowing that he's at the helm and knowing what he ... can do and what he will do, I'll do anything with him,” he said.
The actor said the project would be interesting to shoot because of how it will use technology. "What's gonna be interesting is there hasn't been the technology to back up the storytelling, I guess, for Aquaman, until now.”
Wilson also said that Aquaman baited him with its relative anonymity. Unlike other franchises, Aquaman has not had various live-action series and reboots over the years, and Wan’s fresh take on the story reeled Wilson in.
"I think the lure of Aquaman [is] because he hasn't been overexposed on screen. And I don't know Jason -- I can't wait to meet him. I was a huge fan even from the first episode of Game of Thrones, so I'm in -- I'm in with him, and he's gonna be fantastic."
Aquaman is directed by James Wan with Will Beall, Geoff Johns, Paul Norris, and Mort Weisinger on writing duties. Rob Cowan is serving as executive producer and Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder serving as producers. The film stars Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Amber Heard (Mera), Patrick Wilson (Orm) and Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko).
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Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017, Aquaman on July 27, 2018, The Flash on March 16, 2018, an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019, an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019, Cyborg on April 3, 2020, and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.