Karl Urban Circles 'Aquaman' Villain Role, Noam Murro May Direct?
Well, hot on the heels of Chiwetel Ejiofor being sought after for a role in Doctor Strange, and the official addition of Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Alexandra Shipp in X-Men: Apocalypse, we've got one more superhero story, but this one is a little less solid. The first big screen iteration of Aquaman isn't slated to arrive until July 27th, 2018, but that's not stopping Warner Bros. from getting their DC Comics cinematic universe in order ahead of time. Latino Review has early word that Star Trek franchise star Karl Urban is in the running for a supporting role in the aquatic adventure that already has Jason Momoa as the hero.
Urban's specific role isn't known, but there's a chance that he could be playing the villain. The studio is apparently patiently waiting for Urban to get finished with Star Trek 3 so he can take this role in Aquaman. It sounds like Warner Bros. has a good relationship with the studio, even if their TV series "Almost Human" that starred the actor was canceled. At one point, Urban was even in the running to potentially be Batman, but we all know how that worked out now. Urban certainly deserves another crack at a comic book movie, mainly since Dredd has only become a cult favorite now, so we'd love to see this happen.
As for talent behind the camera, last we heard was Mud director Jeff Nichols was going to step into blockbuster territory for the first time. But that was from a series of e-mails that surfaced online during the Sony Pictures hack, and things seem to have changed since then, or at least the list isn't as narrow as originally though. Reportedly 300: Rise of an Empire director Noam Murro made enough of a bloody splash for Warner Bros. that he is in consideration for the directing gig. That doesn't inspire much faith, but Zack Snyder produced that film, so it makes sense. We've got plenty of time to figure this out though.