Go behind the scenes of upcoming DC adventure Aquaman in this fun new featurette that’s landed online.
It’s been quite the journey for Australian filmmaker James Wan since he broke out with the franchise-spawning horror-thriller Saw. He went on to kick off the Saw, Insidious and Conjuring franchises to huge box office draws, and despite his first studio blockbuster, Furious 7, hitting a tragic turn when star Paul Walker passed away in the middle of production, that film went on to become the franchise’s biggest chapter with a massive $US1.5 billion worldwide (it’s currently the seventh highest-grossing film – unadjusted – of all time). Let’s hope all that work has prepped Wan for Aquaman, his biggest project thus far.
“For me, the most important thing is the story I’m telling, whether it’s a scary set piece or a dramatic moment,” Wan says in the BTS marketing piece below. “It all comes down to the characters and if you care about them.”
Well, fingers, flippers and fins firmly crossed we do care. With Wan at the helm, a solid cast, and a lively, colourful world we have yet to fully experience, this ambitious action-adventure certainly has the potential to be one of the better films to come from the bumpy road that has been the DC cinematic universe.
Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman, will be opening in the US on December 14 and arriving in Australia on December 26.
Warner Bros’ extended rundown for Aquaman:
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (“The Conjuring 2”) and Will Beall (“Gangster Squad,” TV’s “Training Day”), story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters from DC, Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. The film is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.
Wan’s team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), his five-time editor Kirk Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films), and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy, “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”).