Director James Wan, who's currently gearing up to start production on 2018's Aquaman, has settled on an actor to play the film's lead villain, Black Manta: The Get Down star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. An offer went out to the actor this weekend, and now all involved are just waiting for the paperwork to go through.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, once the deal is finalized...
"...Abdul-Mateen will suit up as Manta, who first appeared in a DC comic in 1967 and stood out due to his unique battle-costume, trident, and deadly schemes."
Unique battle-costume is right. Just look at that helmet! My dude looks like the robot Rocky gave Paulie in Rocky IV. See if I'm wrong.
I'm very curious to see how Black Manta's costume translates to film, and hope that it's as source-accurate as possible. I'm thinking Wan could do some really creepy stuff with those big-ass red eyes in an underwater setting.
Anyway, here's a fun fact from the Hollywood Reporter's, uh, report: Abdul-Mateen was apparently on the shortlist to play Lando Calrissian in Miller and Lord's upcoming Young Han Solo movie, but will next be seen in both Baywatch and Hugh Jackman's PT Barnum biopic, The Greatest Showman. He can also be seen in Netflix's The Get Down, should you ever get around to watching it.
Aquaman is still on track for an October 5th, 2018 release date. We'll have more updates for you as they roll in.