“Aquaman” Finds Its Black Manta Villain With ‘Get Down’ Actor

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Black Manta

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who starred in Netflix’s Baz Luhrmann show The Get Down, is in early talks to put on his wetsuit for Warner Bros.’ Aquaman.

The actor has nabbed the part of Black Manta, one of the DC Comics villains. Director James Wan and the studio have been meeting with numerous actors for the part over the past two weeks, settling on Abdul-Mateen over the weekend. The official offer went out on Monday and the parties are now in talks.

If a deal is made, 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.

Aquaman is a massive undertaking for Warner Bros. and the next DC movie to be going before cameras. An April start in Australia is being planned.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter – Borys Kit