Aquaman: How James Wan Convinced Nicole Kidman to Play Atlanna

Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman has had a long and diverse career, but her role as Queen Atlanna in the upcoming DC Extended Universe film Aquaman happened because of her interest in director James Wan.

“I knew James Wan was going to do something really interesting and really fun and I’ve wanted to work with him since he started out in Australia in low-budget horror, and I’ve followed his career,” said Kidman in an interview with Variety. “I do this with directors, I follow certain directors. So I’ve been following James. And then he showed me some of the drawings [he was] doing, and he said, ‘See this is why you have to be in the movie, because I’ve drawn her to look like you.’”

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Kidman portrays Atlanna, the Queen of Atlantis and mother to Arthur Curry and his half-brother, Orm. Atlanna had a child with Thomas Curry, a lighthouse keeper from Amnesty Bay, Massachusetts. The child, who was half-Atlantean and half-human, was raised in secret until Atlanna had to abandon both Thomas and her son to return to Atlantis, where she married and had her second son, Orm.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film opens on Dec. 21.

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