Aquaman 2 star Jason Momoa is currently protesting the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), which is slated for construction on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and blasted the project on social media, sarcastically presenting a grim scenario in which he might not be able to reprise his role as Arthur Curry.
"F*CK THIS," Momoa wrote on Instagram. "And TMT is 4x bigger. Sorry Warner Bros we can’t shoot Aquaman 2. Because Jason got run over by a bulldozer trying to stop the desecration of his native land THIS iS NOT HAPPENING. WE ARE NOT LETTING YOU DO THIS ANYMORE. Enough is enough. Go somewhere else. Repost. This is what telescope construction looks like (Subaru Telescope, 1992). The TMT will be four times larger on unscathed land. We must protect our scared [sic] mountain from further desecration. #KuKiaiMauna #WeAreMaunaKea #TMTShutdown"
"Pls support kīa’i for the @protectmaunakea movement," he wrote in a subsequent post. "During this time, we are trying to unite both kānaka and Hawai’i born peoples alike to protect not only the mauna, but also our way of life and greatest natural resources in Hawaii as a whole. We feel that our movement has successfully united all aspects of Hawaiian culture with the exception of our traditional ocean practices - namely surfing, fishing, paddling, etc. This is where you come in. Pls be an inspiration and raise awareness amongst the general public and the corporate realm to promote the conservation of our ‘āina for our generation and future generations to come."
A dormant volcano, Mauna Kea is sacred in Hawaiian culture. Construction on the TMT was halted in 2014 due to protests. Further protests and legal decisions have delayed the observatory's progress. Most recently, 38 people -- the majority of whom were kupuna/elders -- were arrested protesting the site on July 17. The protestors had been obstructing access to the Mauna Kea Access Road.
Aquaman 2 is scheduled for release on December 16, 2022.