Although better known in recent years for his roles in small-budget films like “Insidious,” “The Conjuring” and “Bone Tomahawk,” Patrick Wilson is eager to dive into Warner Bros.’ large-scale “Aquaman.”
Announced just this week to play DC Comics’ Ocean Master, the villainous half-brother of Aquaman, the role reunites the actor with his “Insidious” and “Conjuring” director for a film that’s been described as “a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story.”
“What’s gonna be interesting is there hasn’t been the technology to back up the storytelling, I guess, for ‘Aquaman,'” Wilson said in an interview with ABC Radio’s “GMA After Hours,” “until now. And for me, of course, 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.”
Wilson is no stranger to superhero films, having played Nite Owl in director Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation of “Watchmen”; he also provided the voice of the U.S. president in this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
He said part of the appeal of Aquaman is that the hero “hasn’t been overexposed on screen.” Jason Momoa was introduced as the character in “Batman v Superman,” and will reprise the role next year in “Justice League” before headlining the solo movie in 2018.
“I don’t know Jason — I can’t wait to meet him,” Wilson said. “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.”
Opening Oct. 5, 2018, “Aquaman” also stars Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Vulko.
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