‘Aquaman’ Adds Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Villain Black Manta

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The upcoming “Aquaman” standalone feature is shoring up its cast, and according to a new report, is now set to add yet another villain to the ensemble.

The scoop comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which writes that actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II — who recently made a splash on Netflix’s flashy new series “The Get Down,” and will next be seen in the big screen version of “Baywatch” — is currently in negotiations to take the part of Black Manta in the movie, after impressing director James Wan and Warner Bros. studio heads. Black Manta is a supervillain who serves as one of Aquaman’s major foes in the DC comics, and is known for his high-tech costumes and weaponry.

Adbul-Mateen isn’t the only actor who’s set to make things difficult for Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa) on-screen, with Patrick Wilson also joining the ensemble as the villain Orm, the half-brother of the titular hero who battles Aquaman for control of Atlantis. The rest of the cast includes Amber Heard as love interest Mera, and Willem Defoe as Dr. Vulko, a scientist and advisor to Aquaman.

“Aquaman” is set to swim into theaters on October 5, 2018.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

SXSW Announces ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy,’ ‘Ghost In The Shell’ and More

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Over the years the Sundance film festival has become somewhat synonymous with grim, dramatic movies that, while remarkably well made, are probably bound to bum you out. It may not be an accurate reputation, but it’s what a lot of people think of when they hear the words “Oh, this played Sundance.”

The SXSW Film Festival kind of has the opposite reputation in recent years. Their programming is a bit more adventrous, a bit more ecclectic, and often mixes studio movies with indie comedies and international hits that haven’t made it stateside yet. It’s a very energetic festival, often seeking out and fostering new filmmaking voices that are just begging for the spotlight. And that certainly seems to be the case with this year’s lineup, which was just…
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